From March 29-April 1, 2021, Fargo Public Schools hosted its site visit for the accreditation process through Cognia (formerly known as AdvancED). The external review team interviewed more than 250 stakeholders throughout the District. The team reviewed many FPS policies, procedures, plans and documents. The review team recommended that Fargo Public Schools maintain the distinction of accreditation by Cognia for the next five years.
Our review team had glowing remarks about our District, our students, and our employees. Their framework for feedback is known as the I3 model and utilizes the following three categories: Impact Findings, Improve Findings, and Initiate Findings. In their brief review meeting, they provided the following information to the district:
- District and building leaders are committed to educating the whole child. This commitment extends throughout the district and all faculty/staff are dedicated to ensuring that ALL students have an opportunity to learn and become their best.
- The governance model used in Fargo Public Schools supports strategic and progressive actions to promote student success.
- While professional development is occurring at the district and building levels in abundance, there is no formal process in place to gauge the impact this is having on instructional delivery and student achievement system wide.
- Fargo Public Schools is rich in data. The utilization of the HUB is unique to the district and allows for the potential use of data analysis not commonly seen in school districts. The underutilization of the HUB may be due to a lack of awareness of the power it has. There is limited evidence on the use of longitudinal data. Working to promote bringing the various forms of data to the end user may have stronger impact on data decision making in the district.
The full accreditation report is available below. For a video overview of the report, watch this #FPSLearns video with Dr. Gandhi.
Cognia offers accreditation and certification, assessment, professional learning, and improvement services to institutions and other education providers. As a global nonprofit working in over 80 countries, Cognia serves 36,000 institutions, nearly 25 million students, and five million educators every day. To find out more about Cognia, visit their website.