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ERIC Number: ED543721
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1955
Reference Count: 0
State Accreditation of High Schools: Practices and Standards of State Agencies. Bulletin, 1955, No. 5
Wright, Grace S.
Office of Education, US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
Accreditation practices and the standards used to accredit secondary schools should reflect the best that is known about secondary education if they are to serve a real purpose. To this end, responsible State agencies are constantly reexamining and revising their practices and their standards. The present study is designed to make it possible for all States more easily to examine their standards and accreditation practices in the light of what other States are requiring and recommending. These accreditation practices and the standards by which schools are accredited are reported in this publication. Treated briefly are the historical development of standards, the meaning of standardization and accreditation, the State agencies which accredit, and the methods they use. Some 30 standards are then discussed and examples are included of typical statements as well as some that possibly are indicative of trends even though they are not typical. The content of some of the more frequently recurring qualitative standards, such as the school program and preparation of staff, is analyzed. Standards themselves are often minimum requirements; schools are urged not to be satisfied with their attainment, but to go beyond them as fast as physical resources and circumstances permit. Frequently the State department of education accompanies its standards or minimum requirements with recommendations or goals which it believes the school should strive to attain. These recommendations are reported in the present study whenever feasible. The following are appended: (1) Documents Used in the Development of This Study; and (2) State Personnel Who Provided Information for This Study. A bibliography is also included. (Contains 7 tables and 30 footnotes.) [Best copy available has been provided.]
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), School Activities, State Agencies, High Schools, Standards, Secondary Education, Institutional Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Educational History, Trend Analysis, Educational Objectives
Office of Education, US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Office of Education (ED)