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UPDATE: Caddo Parish schools recommended for district-wide accreditation

Caddo Parish Schools receive accreditation recommendation (Source: Jasmine Payoute/ KSLA News 12) Caddo Parish Schools receive accreditation recommendation (Source: Jasmine Payoute/ KSLA News 12)
CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

On Wednesday, the Caddo Parish School Board learned that they were recommended to receive accreditation from an international team of education professionals.

After more than 18 months under a microscope, AdvancED presented the results to the Caddo Parish School board in an open session.

They found that the district earned a higher than average rating than districts evaluated in 2016 globally.

“This process has been incredibly rewarding and humbling as we have taken quite a journey to get to this moment,” said Dr. Lamar Goree.

In a packed room, the audience cheered as the announcement was made.

The process began in February 2015 as Caddo sought to examine the district’s strengths and challenges.

But according to district spokeswoman Mary Wood, the schools were well-prepared heading into the AdvancED accreditation process.

“Before the external team came in, we came in and really reflected on what we are doing well and what we can do better,” Wood said.

While the accreditation process is not a required process, it’s something Wood says the school board did to ensure students are receiving the best possible education.

According to the superintendent, Caddo’s evaluation results revealed that the district was doing even better than they initially thought and their reasons for doing it.

“We really did not go into this only to say that we are accredited, but we really looked at this as a process to improve educational opportunities for students… we wanted to know for sure that we were providing those best opportunities,” said Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.

The accreditation will last for 5 years and AdvancED will check in to make sure progress is still being made.

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