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Cazenovia High School seeks accreditation

Staff, students, parents to assist in forming new goals, improving performance

On Nov. 21 and 22, students of Cazenovia High School competed surveys, rating how well they thought the school currently meets the 12 standards the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools requires of all institutions seeking accreditation. By spring of 2013, high school administrators and faculty hope to have earned accreditation, developed a seven-year strategic plan and updated mission statement.

On Nov. 21 and 22, students of Cazenovia High School competed surveys, rating how well they thought the school currently meets the 12 standards the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools requires of all institutions seeking accreditation. By spring of 2013, high school administrators and faculty hope to have earned accreditation, developed a seven-year strategic plan and updated mission statement. Photo by Pierce Smith.

— Cazenovia High School students recently completed surveys on Nov. 21 and 22, rating how well they thought the school currently meets the 12 standards. Also on Nov. 21, high school faculty completed the survey, evaluating their effectiveness and the school’s overall condition.

The other assessments MSA needs in order to move forward, are to be completed by parents of high school students. Parents can complete the online survey by accessing it on the schools’ website, caz.cnyric.org, by Nov. 28.

“The outcome of our self-study will provide concrete reference points that will guide us into the future,” said Eric Jerbek, one of the project’s internal coordinators and physics teacher at the high school. “The demands on students in our current world are complex, and we need to provide accurate on task evaluation programs to meet these needs.”

Following completion of the three surveys and assessing the current state of the school, representatives from MSA will visit Cazenovia High School and conduct their own study, validating the evaluations.

More than 70 educators at the high school have been divided into 12 groups, each focused on one standard, working towards the enhancement of their division and the school as a whole. At the end of the process, before accreditation is granted, the MSA validation team will visit Cazenovia High School again to complete their final audit.

In order to earn, and maintain accreditation, the school must pay MSA an initial fee of $500 for the preparatory evaluation, as well as a yearly due of about $860 dollars. The funds are currently available, within the high school’s budget designated for “fees and dues.” Hosting the validation team will cost the school $5,000, which is also covered in their budget under the “outside contractor” line. The team returns every five years to reevaluate the state of the school.

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