EDGE leader says school has earned accreditation

Putnam EDGE charter high school officials Wednesday announced the school was recommended for accreditation.

“We are very proud to offer an educational option for students in Putnam County,” Director Lisa Parsons told the EDGE board Wednesday, “and for them to be able to know it is stamped with approval by an accreditation team is tremendous.”

The recommendation for accreditation is expected to go before the AdvancED accreditation commission, where Parsons said approval is expected, in no more than 30 days. 

EDGE officials began the accreditation process last year. 

On Tuesday and Wednesday, an external review team for AdvancED visited the school to evaluate its index of education quality. 

The team examined the impact of teaching and learning on student performance, capacity of leadership to guide and ensure effectiveness in carrying out strategic direction, utilization of resources, use as a tool for formative analysis and continuous improvement, and connection for the conditions, processes and practices to evidence including student performance.  

EDGE’s overall score was 287.18. The average score within AdvancED’s network is 278.94, EDGE director of academic services Melissa Arrants said. 

Parsons said the school’s accreditation would be reviewed every two years. 

EDGE currently has a state grade of F, its second F in three nonconsecutive years, resulting in a state-required corrective action plan.

Since the external review team’s professional judgment results found powerful practices at EDGE, Parsons said she expects an improvement in the school’s grade. 

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