AdvancED Accreditation External Review Report

Last February, AdvancED recommended Hoover City Schools for district accreditation.

AdvancED reviewers generate an “Report of the External Review” for the school district. Many school districts (including Vestavia Hills City Schools) post that report online. Hoover City Schools has to date chosen not to do so.

An Open Records request turned up a copy of this report.

Here it is.

Note that on page 36 of the report, the first indicator for “Next Steps” is to “review and discuss the findings from this report with all stakeholders”.

This news article was posted by Public Relations Director Jason Gaston on February 21, 2014. There is no indication in the official Minutes of board meetings that the board of education discussed the report at any public meeting.

Here’s’s coverage of the called board meeting that was cancelled due to snow.

Here is AdvancED’s page on Hoover City Schools, which includes a link to the Executive Summary (posted on October 14, 2014).

Vestavia Hills City Board of Education compiled a much more thorough report.

Dr. Debra Smith, the staff member overseeing the accreditation process, indicated in an email that Hoover City Schools has compiled a report similar to this one.

I have requested a copy of that report and will post it here when it is received.