Raleigh, NC — ProTrain announced today that it has earned accreditation by the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools, a worldwide leader in accreditation and continuous school improvement.
“Middle States accreditation serves as an independent validation of the excellent work we do, and the accreditation process focused our attention on strategic planning and continuous improvement practices,” said Betty Gardner, CEO/President. “We are proud to have earned accreditation and look forward to continuing to collaborate with our administrators, teachers, and advisory board members to provide high-quality education for all students.”
Middle States accredits PreK-12 public, private, parochial, and charter schools. In addition, MSA-CESS accredits non-degree granting career and technical post-secondary institutions and learning services providers.
Middle States accreditation is a multifaceted evaluation process that schools and school systems voluntarily use to demonstrate they are meeting a defined set of research-based performance standards. The 12 Middle States Standards for Accreditation are: mission; governance and leadership; school improvement planning; finances; facilities; school organization and staff; health and safety; educational program; assessment and evidence of student learning; student services; student life and activities, and information resources.
The accreditation process begins with a self-study that is conducted by the school or school system and requires input from school leaders, teachers, advisory board members, and students. Following the self-study, a team of volunteer educators from Middle States member schools conducts a peer review visit.
Traditionally Middle States peer review visits are conducted onsite. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Middle States is conducting all visits virtually for the 2021-2022 school year. Where possible, the chairperson of the peer review team may go onsite for one day. The peer review team makes its recommendation for accreditation or reaccreditation to the Middle States Association Commissions, which votes on the recommendations at its biannual meetings.
“The Middle States accreditation process supports schools in developing a strategic plan for the future that is built upon continuous school improvement,” said Henry Cram, Ed.D., interim president of the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. “Middle States accredited schools should be commended for their commitment to collaboration, growth and advancing student achievement.”
A virtual vocational-technical school, headquartered out of Raleigh, NC, ProTrain, is dedicated to quality educational services at an affordable cost, in the classroom or online, ensuring success in the workforce through the active engagement of direct relationships with our students, corporations, non-profits, federal and state agencies, higher education, and the military community throughout the United States and internationally. ProTrain is about “Education to Employment” to assist the student population in gaining employment, or developing stackable skill sets to further their career.
About Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS)
Based in Philadelphia, the Middle States Association is the worldwide leader in accreditation and school improvement. For over 130 years, Middle States has been helping school leaders establish and reach their goals, develop strategic plans, promote staff development, and advance student achievement. With more than 2,660 accredited schools and school systems in about 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and in over 115 countries, MSA-CESS is proud of its continuing legacy and its ongoing innovations to meet the challenges of improving education in the 21st century. For more information visit www.msa-cess.org.