PAC EAST District receives accreditation

PAC EAST District receives accreditation

by U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity PAO
Stripes Okinawa

OKINAWA, Japan – The Department of Defense Education Activity’s (DoDEA) Pacific East Region has reason to celebrate for maintaining accreditation of its schools throughout mainland Japan thanks to an accreditation visit May 8-19, by an AdvancED external review team, the largest community of education professionals in the world.

All DoDEA school districts, such as the Pacific East Region’s 19 schools, must participate in an external review once every five years. The external review team was composed of highly qualified external peer evaluators from AdvancED and DoDEA, who examine the institution’s adherence and commitment to the standards.

This review is the hallmark of the accreditation process, and energizes and equips the leadership and stakeholders of a district to maintain areas of high performance and tackle those areas that may be impeding desired performance levels.

The findings from the External Review are divided into three domains: Teaching and Learning, Leadership Capacity, and Resource Utilization, which provide the Index of Education Quality score.

“The AdvancED average for Teaching and Learning is 268 and we scored 286,” said Dr. Steve Bloom, DoDEA Pacific East superintendent. “Its Index of Education Quality average is 278. We scored 301.”

“This gives you an appreciation for just how well the Pacific East district has done, and everyone ought to be extremely proud at this moment…I want to thank the Pacific East District for their hard work in accomplishing a district-wide accreditation,” added Bloom.

While the traditional model of accreditation focused on one school at a time, research has revealed that district-wide accreditation provides an environment that offers continuous improvement across all schools. As a result, learning for all students is improved through overall district effectiveness, bringing DoDEA students one step closer to being college and career ready.

AdvancED’s mission is to lead and empower the education community to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. They do this by driving education improvement through accreditation, research and innovation, policy and advocacy, and technology.

DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-aged children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.

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