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    Cognia District Accreditation

    SDPBC accepting Cognia certification

    The School District of Palm Beach County successfully completed a four-month audit-style Engagement Review for Accreditation renewal in April 2023. Following approval from Cognia’s Board of Commission in June 2023, a recognition presentation occurred during the August 16, 2023 School Board Meeting. 
    The Accreditation Renewal process was led by a two-person team. The Team evaluated the District’s effectiveness across 30 standards related to four Key Characteristic Themes: Culture of Learning, Leadership in Learning, Engagement in Learning, and Growth in Learning. The process aims to continually improve the institution. 

    The District received Full Accreditation credentialing with an Index of Education Quality (IEQ) score of 350, indicating it meets Cognia’s accreditation standards. Notable practices were identified, such as a Strategic Plan promoting Continuous Improvement processes and a Professional Learning Program supporting equity-based learning.

    A three-year Mid-Year progress report is expected in 2026, requiring System Feedback for ongoing improvement. 

    The full report is accessible via the link below. Inquiries about District Accreditation can be directed to Dr. Adam Miller, Chief of Performance Accountability or Dr. Cheryl McKeever, Director of Assessment.  

    Final Engagement Review Report
    2023 District Accreditation Final Engagement Review Report

    Accreditation Certificate 2023

    The School District of Palm Beach County Certificate of Accrediation

    Leadership’s thoughts on the Accreditation process:

    Mr. Michael Burke, Superintendent: "Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope & dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our system."- John F. Kennedy

    Dr. Glenda Sheffield, Chief Academic Officer: "Education is the first step for people to gain the knowledge, critical thinking, empowerment and skills they need to make this world a better place."- Nelson Mandela

    Dr. Adam Miller, Assistant Superintendent of Performance Accountability: "Accreditation’s excellence is achieved through an ongoing process of learning and improvement."- Kathy Roberts