Accreditation Session - Mississippi Department of Education

Office Of Accreditation
The 2011 Mississippi
Personnel/Accreditation Edit
Report Training
To Ensure that All Data
Reported are Current and
To Ensure the Validity,
Reliability, and Accuracy of
All Data Reports
Why Is The Accuracy of
Data So Important?
Mississippi Report Card
CFA 2009 Dash Board Report
Superintendent’s Annual Report
Legislative Reports
MAEP Funding
National Statistical Reports
National Center for Education and
National Education Association
Accountability Standards
Mississippi Public School
Accountability Standards,
Accountability Standards
State Laws
State Board of Education
Commission on School
Accreditation Standards
Primary Duty
To continuously monitor and
report compliance with
accreditation standards
•See MS Code 37-17-5 and 3717-6
•See Accreditation Policy 5.0
Who Is Responsible?
Accreditation Policy 2.1
The district superintendent and school
principals are responsible for ensuring that all
data reported to the MDE are true and accurate as
verified by supporting documentation on file in the
school district.
Accreditation Policy 2.5
Reporting false information is a
violation of the accreditation
requirements set forth by the SBE and
may result in the downgrading of the
district’s accreditation status.
Reporting Accurate Data
Report All Employees, including contractual
staff as well as employees paid through
federal grants.
Include any other district duties after
school and all salary supplements.
The Work Area Code Must Accurately
Describe the Job Duties Assigned to
Each Employee.
Course Codes Must Accurately Describe
the Course or Instructional Program.
Accreditation Policy 5.6
•Annual review of personnel/accreditation
•Any information submitted by a school district may
be verified through on-site visits. Documentation,
such as official board minutes, job descriptions,
schedules, etc. must be on file to verify all data
•Upon request, the school district must provide
documentation necessary to validate compliance
with accreditation requirements.
Standard 4: The district employs an
appropriately licensed full-time
principal at each school. {MS Code
37-9-7, 37-9-15, 37-151-5(g)}
NOTE: The principal may not have
any other duties assigned: study
halls, coaching, director of
athletics, school test coordinators,
director of curriculum, bus driver,
Licensed Librarian
Standard 5: The school district employs in each school a
licensed librarian or media specialist who devotes no more than
one-fourth of the workday to library/media administrative
activities. {MS Code 37-17-6(3)(a-e)}
5.1 Enrollment of 499 or less = half-time
5.2 Enrollment of 500 or more = full-time
Note: May not keep study hall or teach regular
education classes if required to be full-time.
Student Support Services
Standard 6: Student Support Services
are provided in each school by qualified
student support personnel {MS Code 379-79}
NOTE: Standards 6.1 and 6.2 have
been deleted.
Licensed Professional Staff
Standard 8: All district professional positions requiring
licensed staff are filled by staff who are properly licensed and
endorsed. {MS Code 37-9-7 and NCLB}
MS Code 37-9-7. It is unlawful for the district to employ
any professional staff, including contractual staff, unless
they are properly licensed and endorsed.
Check the Current MSIS List of Course/Work Area
Codes Report for required endorsements.
5% FTE Out-of-Field
Standard 8.1: With the exception of academic
core subjects, the professional staff in each
school is comprised of no more than 5% of Full
Time Equivalent (FTE) units working outside
the area or areas of endorsement.
• An appropriate license is required for
superintendents, principals, librarians, and
guidance counselors. (Refer to process
standards 3, 4, 5, and 6.)
• Also See Requirements for Highly
Assistant Principal
Standard 8.3: Assistant principals and
administrative interns who are not
properly endorsed may be included in
the 5% FTE working outside their area
of endorsement, provided that they
do not act in the place of the
Instructional Teaching Days
Standard 19: Minimum of 180
Instructional Teaching Days
Standard 19.2: Minimum of 330
minutes or 27.5 hours per week of
Standard 19.3: Minimum of 140 hours
of instruction
Extended Year
Standard 19.6
 Students enrolled in an extended year program
must complete all remaining course/subject
requirements/objectives before credit for the
course/subject is issued.
 Any on-line program may be used for extended
day or extended year programs.
 There is no limit on the number of courses
completed in an Extended Year program, unless
the district has a local policy that specifies
Summer School
Standard 19.6
 Students enrolled in a summer program are
limited to earning one (1) Carnegie unit
of credit during a traditional summer
school program.
 There is no state policy limiting summer
school enrollment to students who are
repeating a failed course. Courses may also
be taken for the first time, unless there is a
local policy that specifies limitations.
Credit Recovery
Credit recovery is defined as a coursespecific, skill-based learning opportunity
for students who have previously been
unsuccessful in mastering content/skills
required to receive course credit or earn
Use the course code 801000.
Dual Enrollment/Dual
There is a listing of Course Codes
for students who are approved for
dual enrollment in IHL/CC.
The district must have an approved
Articulation Agreement with
IHL/CC for enrollment and dual
Reporting Summer
Submit District Assurance Statement
Signed By Superintendent
Submit Initial Data via MSIS
Submit Final Updates via MSIS
Print Reports
Submit final grades issued to students
(Letters are sent out with specific due
Planning Time
Standard 30: Each classroom teacher,
excluding vocational teachers whose class
periods exceed 50 minutes, has an
unencumbered period of time during the
teaching day to be used for individual or
departmentalized planning.
Make sure all “teachers” have a planning
period assigned.
A teacher may not “relinquish” the planning
period; the district may offer an extended day
Planning Time/Secondary
Standard 30.1: If the school utilizes a
traditional six-period or seven-period day
schedule, the instructional planning time
provided for secondary teachers is a
minimum of 225 minutes per week, exclusive
of lunch period. If the school utilizes any form
of a modular/block schedule, the instructional
planning time provided is a minimum of
either 225 minutes per week or an average of
225 minutes per week per instructional cycle,
exclusive of lunch period.
Elementary Planning
Standard 30.2: Instructional planning
time for the elementary school teacher
is no less than 150 minutes per week,
exclusive of lunch period.
Course Preparations
Standard 31: Individual teachers (grades 9 – 12)
are limited to any three course preparations
per day or five in the same
course/subject area.
Note: Any assignment of preparations beyond the
standard must be submitted to the
Commission on School Accreditation for
This standard only applies to Carnegie unit
credit courses in grades 8 – 12.
Teacher-Pupil Ratios
Standard 34.1: Kindergarten = 22 to 1 or 27 if a fulltime assistant teacher is employed {MS Code 37-151-77}
Standard 34.2: Grades 1 through 4 = 27 to 1 {MS Code
37-151-77} (SB Policy 2100)
Schools Meeting the Highest Levels of Performance
are exempted
Standard 34.3: Self-contained grades 5 – 8 = 30 to 1
{MS Code 37-151-77}
Teacher-Pupil Ratios
Standard 34.4: Departmentalized
academic core classes serving grades
5–12 = 33 to 1 {MS Code 37-151-77}
Standard 34.5: Limit of 150 students
taught by an individual teacher in
academic core subjects at any time
Schools Meeting the Highest Levels
of Performance are exempted.
Selecting An Appropriate
Work Area/Course Code
The work area code must reflect the actual
duties performed.
 To determine which work area code best
describes the position, review the job
description and actual duties performed.
 Lead Teacher: Provides instructional
support and assistance to teachers. If
supervisory or administrative duties are
included, use the assistant principal code.
To Avoid Problems
Report each group of students served.
Each new group of students is a new
Reporting all students served during
the day in a course such as Reading will
result in an error message on the
accreditation edit report.
All Endorsement Codes
Are Grade Specific
All Endorsements are grade
specific; all endorsements
listed may not apply based
on the grade levels served.
For Example:
 116 endorsement = grades K – 3
 117 endorsement = grades 4 – 8
 115 endorsement = grades 1 – 9
When the Endorsement Code is listed as
NONE, check the course description to see if
any other specific qualifications are required.
 Social Worker = Must be a licensed
professional Social Worker
 Nurse = Must be a registered nurse
 Barksdale Tutor = Must complete BRI
training; see SBE approved BRI job
descriptions for qualifications.
Do not use the Day Care Aide Code to report PreKindergarten teachers.
Zero (0) SPED students will result in an error
message: cannot perform endorsement check.
Verify the Schedule Type for Each Period on The
Schedule: N6, 4x4, A/B, etc.
For a Split Block period, use the MV Code for
Modified Version.
JROTC Instructors
Endorsement Required = 499
Study Hall (801002). A period of the
instructional day when students have
supervised study. Do not use this code for
any other purpose.
Prorating Salaries Paid from Federal
Grants. The school district must maintain
sufficient documentation (time sheets) to
verify the time spent on prorated job
Positive Behavior Specialist
Endorsement = MDE Approved Only;
Contact the Office of Special
Job Description: Must hold a valid,
professional license (MDE or Other State
Agency: teacher, counselor, psychologist,
etc.) and requires specialized training and
experience in behavior management and
positive behavior interventions in the
educational setting for students.
Home School Liaison
551023 Home School Liaison. This position
requires a licensed professional to coordinate
parental involvement and other activities relating to
parents and students. A Valid License Is
751050 Home School Liaison Aide. This is a nonlicensed paraprofessional who assists the Home
School Liaison. The aide may not perform the duties
of the licensed professional.
Note: For purposes of liability issues, all aides and
assistants must be directly supervised by licensed
professional staff.
Accreditation Edit Reports
In October (after submission of first month
data), the Accreditation Edit Report will
be open to the school districts to run
error edit checks.
 to verify the accuracy of the data
 to identify reporting errors and any
possible accreditation issues
 to correct any inaccurate data prior to the
“Snap Shot” used to compile annual data
Go to Reports  Personnel Data 
 The Accreditation Edit addresses most
standards, including some overloads.
 The Class Overloads Edit only addresses
enrollment in grades 1-4 (STD 34.2).
 The Required Courses Edit outlines the
required 33½ units in each high school (STD
32 and Appendix B).
Edit Reports
Three opportunities to review the
accuracy of the data reported and
make revisions:
 October (after submission of 1st month
 November (after submission of 2nd
month data)
 December (after submission of 3rd
month data)
SNAP SHOT: After submission of
data in December, the personnel
data report will be archived.
January-February. The Annual
Accreditation Edit Report will be
reviewed and analyzed.
Personnel Snap Shot Edits
Go to Reports  Personnel Snap Shot 
 Accreditation Edit addresses most
standards, including overloads
 Class Overloads Edit only addresses
enrollment in grades 1-4 (STD 34.2)
 Required Courses Edit outlines the
required 33½ units in each high school (STD
32 and Appendix B)
Notification of
Possible Deficiencies
The district superintendent will be
notified in writing of any possible
deficiencies identified.
The district will have at least 30
days to respond in writing or
submit documentation verifying
Verified Deficiencies
Upon request, the school district must
provide documentation necessary to validate
compliance with accreditation requirements.
Any information submitted by a school district
may be verified through on-site visits.
Only verified deficiencies will go on the
district’s Accreditation Record Summary.
All deficiencies on record must be cleared
or the district’s accreditation status may be
downgraded in September.
Any Questions
Please contact the Office of Accreditation
if you need assistance. (601) 359-3764
Paula Vanderford, Director
Susan Andrews, Division Director
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Katrina McDowell, Auditor