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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Congratulations, Talladega City Schools!

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  • 17 Jan 2013
  • The Daily Home
  • By CHRIS NORWOOD Home staff writer Contact Chris Norwood at cnorwood@dailyhome. com.

Talladega City Schools Recommended for accreditation

From page 1A The Talladega City Board of Education saw a presentation regarding its outside evaluation for accreditation during a called meeting Tuesday afternoon. Although the final report will not be available for 30 days, the evaluators unanimously recommend the system be accredited.
The presentation was given by David Gullatt of Louisiana Tech. The evaluation process and criteria are different this year than they have been in years past, he said.
The first section of the evaluation scored five indicators on a sliding scale of one (worst/nonexistent) to four (outstanding/state of the art).
Under Purpose and Direction, the system scored a 2.72, which Gullatt said was “a very, very good score.” Governance and Leadership earned a 2.60, Teaching and Assessing for Learning a 2.67, Resources and Support got a 2.63 and Using Results for Continuous Improvement got a 2.60.
All of these are very good scores, he said. “A 2 is usually an emerging program or something that is just up to the state standard,” he said. “All of your scores are higher than that.”
The next set of 4 point ratings covered various aspects of the learning environment, with more impressive figures.
Equitable learning environment was rated at 2.9, high expectations environment at 2.8, active learning environment at 3.1, progress monitoring and feedback at 2.9, well managed learning environment at 3.1, and digital learning environment at 2.4, “which is actually better than most of the other districts in this area in the use of technology.”
After observing the schools, Gullatt reported that “the teachers were professional and the children were well behaved. They knew why they were in school.”
As far as recommendations, Gullatt said the system should “develop and implement a quality assurance process for monitoring curriculum and instruction, and asses them to ensure student success; reconstruct and revise the system of school web sites, including software upgrades if necessary, to create a professional online information source that user friendly and easy to use and develop and implement a systemwide process to determine physical, social and emotional needs of the student population being served.”
In sum, Gullatt said, the system represented a “wholesome, safe and comfortable place. We appreciate your hospitality, support and professionalism, we respect and acknowledge your efforts to improvement and we congratulate you on your progress.”
The formal accreditation hearing will take place in June.
Superintendent Doug Campbell, board chairwoman Elizabeth Smith, and curriculum coordinator Dolia Patterson all thanked the assessors, the faculty and the staff for all the work they had done during the assessment process.
Board member Juanita Curry McClellan pointed out that “We have so many good things going for us right now, and we need to recognize them and step forward to be the best system in the region.
Also Tuesday, the board:
• Approved the Zora Ellis Junior High School and Talladega High School Winter Guards for a trip to a competition in Tennessee.
• Hired Betty Street to teach kindergarten at C.L. Salter Elementary School and Holly Clark to teach first- grade at Graham Elementary School.
• Accepted the resignation of THS custodian Wayne Howell.
• Transferred CNP manager Darenda Stephens from Houston Elementary School to Talladega High School.
• Hired LPN Dana Fisher for Graham Elementary School.
• Heard Smith thank THS principal Darrin Anglin and board member James Braswell for appearing on the Larry Barton Show. “I don’t usually watch it, but I appreciate you showing our high school in a positive way,” she said.
• Heard Anglin announce that this was “Board Appreciation Month,” and he and other principals presented each board member with a fruit basket.

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