Phoenix Union Evaluated by AdvancED Accreditation

Posted by Community Relations at 2/18/2015

The AdvancED Accreditation External Review team spent three days in Phoenix to complete their
evaluation of the District. The six-person team met and interviewed 216 board members,
administrators, teachers, support staff, students and business and community stakeholders, and
visited six schools. The review concluded with a special board meeting, February 11, in which
AdvancED recommended Accreditation for Phoenix Union High School District. Lead evaluator
Bill Rivenbark explained that accreditation is not to find out if a “school district is good enough,
But rather to see that it is continuously improving.” Using an Index of Educational Quality, or
IEQ, Phoenix Union was above the national average in six of the seven indices. A more detailed
report will follow, with recommendations for continuous improvement, and the District has two
years to respond to those recommendations in a written report. Accreditation takes place every
five years. However, this is the first time the entire District was accredited at one time.