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School Improvement
Holdrege School Improvement External Visitation
February 16-19, 2014


School improvement is a continuous process at Holdrege Public Schools.  The school district received AdvancEd accreditation in 2009 and participates in a formal evaluation every five years.  The district school improvement goal is All students will Improve in Reading.  The elementary schools, middle school, and high school have developed specific action plans for each level.  

The Holdrege Public School District will host its five year District Accreditation review beginning Sunday evening, February 16th and concluding on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 19th at 2:30 pm with a public Board meeting in The Tassel auditorium to receive the informal exit report from the team (a formal written report from the visiting team will follow later). The visit is an extensive process designed to give the review team a 360 degree perspective of Holdrege Public Schools, gathering stakeholder input from Board members, teachers, students, parents, other staff, and spending time in classrooms directly observing. Various teachers, students, and parents have specialized individual roles in the visit as delegates of these representative groups, and will have an instrumental role in the visit.

The district will be assessed based upon five key performance standards common to AdvancED systems; these standards serve as the basis for quality educational system operations focused on student learning.

Standard 1:  Purpose and Direction


Standard 2:  Governance and Leadership


Standard 3:  Teaching and Assessing for Learning


Standard 4:  Resources and Support Systems


Standard 5:  Using Results for Continuous Improvement

Holdrege Public School became District Accredited by AdvancEd in 2009 and was the second school in Nebraska to do so.   The district chose external agency accreditation via AdvancED as a voluntary initiative of total quality commitment.  The district already meets and exceeds all state accreditation requirements via Rule 10 from the Nebraska Department of Education.  Holdrege High School has a long and proud history with AdvancED, celebrating 100 years of AdvancEd accreditation in 2009.  Several HPS administrators have served as reviewers for other schools and districts.  

AdvancED is a member organization.  The visiting team members are fellow educators who are trained, experienced AdvancED reviewers.  District review teams include at least two out-of-state members.  Our team has five members, all of them outstanding educators in their own right:

Lead Evaluator: Dr. Daniel Sybrant (Director of Public School Systems Accreditation, Corvallis, Montana)

Associate Lead Evaluator: Jeremy Heneger (NDE Asst. Director of Statewide Assessment)

Niki Coon (Principal from David City Public Schools)

Marci Ostmeyer (Professional Development Coordinator for ESU 7)

Mary Ann DeHaven  (Special Education Teacher from Cody, Wyoming)

The visit will include an abundance of interviews of key stakeholder groups in addition to many hours of observed classroom instruction, mostly centered on observations conducted Tuesday, February 18th.  School improvement is a continual focus for teachers and administrators throughout the school year.  The HPS District SIP Steering committee, Building SIP committees, Data Committees, Whole Faculty Study Groups, administration, and staff have prepared for this visit. An Executive Summary and Self Assessment have been completed as well as stakeholder surveys.

The accreditation review visitation will conclude on Wednesday, February 19th at 2:30 pm with a public Board meeting in The Tassel auditorium. Members of the public are invited to attend. This exit report meeting is expected to last approximately 30 minutes and will share out some initial ratings from the team on performance standards as well as some highlights they observed during their time on campus.  There are no other items on the agenda for this special meeting. The team is also expected to share a few key recommendations they have for HPS to work on over the next five year improvement cycle.