Middle States

Lacordaire Academy is currently seeking PK-12 reaccreditation from the Middle States Association using the protocol Excellence by Design.  Please read on to learn more. 

 The Middle States Association:

The Middle States Association is one of six regional accreditation organizations that together serve schools in the United States and in many countries around the world.  Accreditation is an external, objective validation of school quality and student achievement that fosters continuous school improvement.

 Excellence by Design:

The Academy has chosen the accreditation protocol Excellence by Design.  This protocol uses strategic planning as a vehicle for establishing objectives for growth and improvement in student performance and in the school’s capacity to effect that growth.  In addition, the protocol provides for a continuous review of programs and services and of the results of student performance. It also enables diverse constituent groups to participate in charting the future of the institution.

 The Values of Accreditation:

  • Provides a systematic process that requires a school to justify its existence, establish a vision of its future, and determine specific objectives to realize that vision.
  • Reveals information that serves as a sound basis for school improvement, strategic planning, restructuring, and staff development.
  • Takes a holistic approach, examining the entire school-philosophy and goals, its community, programs and services, facilities and financial stability.
  • Provides the means to manage change through regular assessment, planning, implementation, and reassessment.
  • Helps schools establish priorities for improvement by using comprehensive, research-based needs assessments.
  • Requires the establishment and implementation of a multi-year improvement plan based upon the school’s vision of the future.
  • Fosters stakeholder involvement and commitment by providing opportunities for greater involvement in charting the direction and future of the school.
  • Provides opportunities to emphasize the positive and demonstrate the strength and effectiveness of the school

The Meaning of Accreditation:

A school that achieves accreditation:

  • Adheres to the Middle States Standards for Accreditation
  • Uses its mission, beliefs, and goals as the basis for daily decision-making
  • Operates in the public interest and in accordance with ethical practice
  • Accepts responsibility for the level of performance of its students
  • Remains committed to continuous improvement in student learning and to its capacity to produce the levels of learning desired and expected by its community
  • Operates in a collegial and collaborative way with all of its stakeholders
  • Sustains its focus on implementing recommendations, addressing monitoring issues and correcting stipulations that may be part of its notification of accreditation and
  • Fulfills its maintenance requirements to the Commission 

     

     

    Lacordaire’s Objectives

    Objective #1 – Technology:

     By the year 2024, all students of Lacordaire Academy will demonstrate proficiency in the various applications of technology and media platforms as evidenced by…

    Measurement #1:

    100% of Middle and Upper School students utilize appropriate software to collect, sort and analyze data in active lab settings

    Baseline: 2015-2016

    Baseline Data:

    27% of students utilize appropriate software to collect, sort and analyze data in active lab settings

    20% of Middle School students utilize software

    36% of Upper School students utilize software

    Measurement #2:

    100% of Lower School students utilize iPad centers for learning and skill development

    Baseline: 2015-2016

    Baseline Data:

    32% of students utilize iPad centers

    0% of Pre-K students participate in iPad centers

    100% of Kindergarten students participate in iPad centers

    52% of Grade 1 students participate in iPad centers

    24% of Grade 2 students participate in iPad centers

    0% of Grade 3 students participate in iPad centers

    0% of Grade 4 students participate in iPad centers

    Measurement #3:

    30% increase in the percentage of students achieving specific Lower, Middle, and Upper School benchmarks as assessed and measured by a Cyber Safety Survey

    Baseline: 2015-2016

    Baseline Data:

    68% of Lower School students scored greater than or equal to 80%

    58% of Middle School students scored greater than or equal to 85%

    58% of Upper School students scored greater than or equal to 90%

    Measurement #4:

    30% increase in the median class scores of students establishing effective and proper keyboarding skills through timed typing tests

    Baseline: 2015-2016

    Baseline Data:

    5 WPM in Grade 2

    13 WPM in Grade 3

    21 WPM in Grade 4

    24 WPM in Grade 5

    34 WPM in Grade 6

    25 WPM in Grade 7

    Measurement #5:

    80 percentile point increase in the number of students acquiring the ability to apply foundational coding techniques in applications such as web design and robotics

    Baseline: 2015-2016

    Baseline Data:

    7% of Academy students apply foundational coding techniques

    0% of Lower School students code

    20% of Middle School students code

    0% of Upper School students code

    Measurement #6:

    Increase in the percentage of students demonstrating optimal online literacy and research skills

    Baseline: 2016-2017

    Baseline Data:

    To be compiled

     

    Objective #2 – Math:

    By the year 2024, Upper School students of Lacordaire Academy will demonstrate improved mathematical reasoning and computation skills as measured by:

    Measurement #1:

    25% increase in the percentage of students achieving the college readiness benchmark on the PSAT math section

    Baseline: 2015-2016

    Baseline Data:

    49% of students achieved benchmark scores on the PSAT math section

    56% of freshman students achieved benchmark

    58% of sophomore students achieved benchmark

    33% of junior students achieved benchmark

    Measurement #2:

    10% increase in the number of students who increased individual SAT math scores by 5% over the course of two consecutive tests

    Baseline: 2015-2016

    Baseline Data:

    53% of students increased 5% or more on the SAT math section

    Measurement #3:

    30% increase in the percentage of students achieving a benchmark of 21 or higher on the ACT

    Baseline: 2015-2016

    Baseline Data:

    47% of students achieved a benchmark of 21 or higher on the ACT

    33% of juniors scored 21 or higher

    54% of seniors scored 21 or higher

    Measurement #4:

    50% increase in the percentage of students achieving a score of 3 or higher on AP Exams

    Baseline: 2012-2015

    Baseline Data:

    33% of students scored 3 or higher on AP exams

    0% of students scored 3 or higher on AP exam in 2012

    100% of students scored 3 or higher on AP exam in 2013

    0% of students scored 3 or higher on AP exam in 2014

    100% of students scored 3 or higher on AP exam in 2015

    Measurement #5:

    50% increase in the percentage of students improving scores by 30% between pre and posttest of Algebra I summer math program

    Baseline: Summer 2017

    Baseline Data:

    To be compiled

    Objective #3 – Organizational Capacity:

    By 2024, Lacordaire Academy will develop and implement feasible solutions to ensure that the Academy provides appropriate, sustainable, and secure teaching and learning environments for all Academy programs in support of current and projected enrollment as measured by…

    Measurement #1:

    80% of all priority 1 shortcomings will be rectified, as outlined in a completed building assessment and analysis of all campus buildings and space

    Baseline Data: 2016-2017

    To be compiled

    Measurement #2:

    20 percentage point increase in the number of Sciences labs and classrooms that are resourced to provide flexible spaces for science instruction, investigation, and discussion.

    Baseline Data: 2015-2016

    30% of Science labs and classrooms are resourced in accordance with industry standards

    Measurement #3:

    15% increase in the number of full time faculty members provided with dedicated teaching space

    Baseline Data: 2015-2016

    54% of full time faculty members are provided with dedicated teaching space

    Measurement #4:

    100% of classrooms will be able to communicate with the central office via an intercom system

    Baseline Data: 2015-2016

    0% of classrooms can communicate with the central office via an intercom system

    Measurement #5:

    100% of campus space will be monitored through a security system

    Baseline Data: 2015-2016

    42% of campus space is monitored through a security system

    Measurement #6:

    The school will undertake an analysis of existing educational facilities and campus space to produce a facility utilization plan, with the goal of developing dedicated spaces to support the Arts, Science, and Physical Education programs.

    Baseline Data: 2016-2017 to be compiled

    To help get involved in this process, please contact the Middle States Internal Coordinator: Suzanne Bilicska sbilicska@lacordaire.net

 To learn more visit www.msa-cess.org

 

 

 

 

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