Team leaders from the Standards Assurance Unit (SAU) will contact district superintendents by telephone in advance of the On-campus Standards Review (OSR) to outline the monitoring review procedures and to confirm the date and time. Following contact, the team leader will send the superintendent a packet with details to assist districts and school officials in preparing for the monitoring review.
An OSR Checklist will be used during the monitoring review. For each item on the checklist, support documentation should be prepared by the district for the OSR team. Checklist documentation for review should be organized by item number to facilitate the monitoring review process. An administrative staff member or other licensed district personnel familiar with the process must be available for questions during OSR.
The initial accreditation report for school year will be based on data submitted by the district as part of the Cycle 2 reporting and will include current information in the Arkansas Educator Licensure System (AELS). This initial report will be mailed under separate cover to each school district office. In addition to including a listing of violations/citations for the school year, the report will reflect the accreditation history for the previous two school years. An explanation of violation/citation numbers can be found here.
Districts should review all information for accuracy (LEA number, school name, total number of schools, etc), as well as review initial violations listed for the year, and confirm that all citations are correct, or submit written correction(s) to the assigned Standards Assurance Specialist by April 15 of the current school year. The assigned SAU specialist will enter acceptable changes requested in writing by the district. The final accreditation status for each school will be based on remaining violations/citations; refer to ADE “Rules Governing Standards for Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools and School Districts” (July 2009). As mandated by the Omnibus Quality Education Act (Act 1467 of 2003/Ark. Code Ann. §6-15-203), final accreditation status will be determined by May 15 of the current school year.
Right of Appeal (after May 15)
In the event that a school district believes the ADE has improperly determined that a school or school district has failed to meet Standards for Accreditation, the school district shall have a right to file its written appeal with:
Any such appeal shall be held in an open hearing and the decision of the State Board of Education shall be in open session. The appeal must be filed not later than May 15 following the May 1 written notification; the Board hearing must be held prior to June 15.
The Board may confirm the accreditation status of a school or school district recommended by the ADE or it may sustain the appeal of the district.
Pursuant to the Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-203, an appeal from the ruling of the Board may be made by a school district to the Pulaski County Circuit Court provided such appeal is made pursuant to the Arkansas Administrative Procedures Act, Ark. Code Ann. § 25-15-201 et seq.