Birmingham Public Schools is proud to be an AdvancED accredited district. According to the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, the program is dedicated to advancing excellence in education worldwide. To earn and maintain accreditation, district/systems must:
Meet the AdvancED Standards for Quality School Systems.
District/Systems demonstrate adherence to the seven AdvancED standards which describe the quality practices and conditions that research and best practice indicate are necessary for school systems to achieve quality student performance and organizational effectiveness.
Engage in continuous improvement.
District/Systems implement continuous improvement focused on improving student performance and school effectiveness.
Demonstrate quality assurance through internal and external review.
District/Systems engage in a planned process of ongoing internal review and self-assessment. In addition, district/systems host an external Quality Assurance Review team once every five years. The team evaluates the district/system's adherence to the AdvancED quality standards, assesses the efficacy of the district/system's improvement process and methods for quality assurance, and provides commendations and required actions to help the district/system improve. The district/system acts on the team's required actions and submits an Accreditation Progress Report at prescribed intervals following the Quality Assurance Review.
The AdvancED accreditation process engages the entire school community in a continuous process of self-evaluation and improvement. The overall aim is to help district/systems be the best they can be on behalf of the students they serve.
Birmingham Public Schools earned this accreditation in 2012 and was recommended for renewal in 2017. The district continues to work to improve and build a school system that "challenges and inspires all learners to positively impact their world."