NASH Middle States
North Allegheny Senior High School has begun the process of renewing its accreditation through the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association. Accreditation affirms that a school provides the quality of education that the community has a right to expect and the education world endorses. Accreditation is a means of showing confidence in a school's performance. When the Commission on Secondary Schools accredits a school, it certifies that the school has met the prescribed qualitative standards of the Middle States Association within the terms of the school's own stated philosophy and objectives.
The chief purpose of the whole accreditation process is the improvement of education for youth by evaluating the degree to which a school has attained worthwhile outcomes set by its own staff and community. This is accomplished by periodically conducting a comprehensive self-evaluation of the total school. Through the accreditation process, the school seeks the validation of its self-evaluation by obtaining professional judgment from impartial outsiders on the effectiveness of the total school operation. The intent throughout the process is more than to focus on shortcomings; the chief goal is to seek remedies for inadequacies and to identify and nurture good practices.
The following are some of the many benefits of accreditation:
North Allegheny Senior High School is following the Accreditation For Growth protocol. In addition to the evaluation of NASH based on qualitative educational standards, the AFG process provides a framework for school improvement through strategic planning. A self-study was conducted and data was gathered with a focus on these three areas:
- The Context of the School
- The Standards for Accreditation and Indicators of Quality
School Philosophy, Mission and Beliefs
In addition to the self-study the AFG Planning Team, consisting of representatives from a cross section of NASH stakeholders, developed a Profile of a NASH Graduate. This Profile of a NASH Graduate, along with the data collected from the self-study, was the basis from which objectives and action plans have beed developed for the purpose of improving student achievement.
At various times throughout the process the Planning Team sought input from parents, students and teachers. Of particular importance was the input gathered through surveys of the key stakeholders. Students and Parents accessed their surveys through eSembler, which allowed an efficient and secure means for the administration of these surveys. A mailer to NASH parents as well as a phone message was sent with information regarding the time and instructions for the completion of the parent surveys. Information regarding the surveys was also posted on this NASH portion of the District web site. We at NASH feel a deep gratitude to all of the many parents who took the time to give us this invaluable feedback aimed at improving our school.
is a list of parents, students, teachers and community members serving on the NASH MIDDLE STATES PLANNING TEAM. The Senior High School Administration would like to publicly express our sincere appreciation to the Planning Team for their commitment of time and hard work towards the success of this process.