Posted: Wed, 04/05/2017 - 10:15am Updated: Mon, 08/14/2017 - 2:36pm

School Accreditation

Pursuant to 511 IAC 6.1-1-1(a), all public schools in Indiana must be accredited. Nonpublic schools may seek accreditation. In order to be state accredited, a school must comply with all applicable legal standards and meet certain performance criteria in alignment with the state’s student-centered accountability system.

Accreditation Types

The following types of accreditation exist in Indiana:

Accreditation Types

State

  • Traditional public schools must hold state accreditation
  • Nonpublic schools may seek state accreditation
  • State accredited schools are assigned an annual accreditation status
  • State accredited schools must comply with all applicable statutes and regulations

Charter

  • For charter schools authorized by a state charter authorizer
  • Charter accredited schools are monitored by authorizers through charter agreement
  • Charter accredited schools are assigned an annual accreditation status
  • Charter accredited schools must comply with all applicable statues and regulations

Freeway

  • Accreditation type available to public & nonpublic schools that requires high performance in exchange for suspension of certain statutes & regulations
  • Freeway accredited schools are monitored through freeway contract
  • Freeway accredited schools are assigned an annual accreditation status
  • Freeway accredited schools must comply with all applicable statutes and regulations

Third Party (for nonpublic schools only)

  • Accreditation awarded by third party accrediting body approved & recognized by the State Board
  • Recognized nonpublic schools are monitored by the third party accrediting body
  • Recognized nonpublic schools are not assigned an annual accreditation status

Freeway Accreditation

When a school or corporation wishes to attain freeway accreditation, first it must submit a notice of intent to the Indiana Department of Education (Department), by July 31: For the 2017-18 School Year the submission window is closed.

  • Upon receiving this notice of intent by July 31, the Department identifies the school as “seeking accreditation” and begins an observational year of the school. 
  • During this observational year, the school submits required data collections to the Department, administers the statewide assessment to its students and prepares its petition to the Board. 
  • The petition includes the school’s plans in compliance with the statutory requirements of Ind. Code § 20-26-15. 
Upon completion of the observational year and submission of the school’s petition, which the Department will work with each “seeking accreditation” school, the Department then submits a recommendation of accreditation to the Board. Upon Indiana State Board of Education approval, the superintendent of public instruction and the school’s governing body enter into the freeway school contract for a five-year term.
 
The Freeway Accreditation Notice of intent can be found posted at the link below, and must be received by July 31 to be considered “seeking accreditation status” for the following school year.

Accreditation Statuses

Pursuant to IC 20-31-4-3(a), the State Board must establish accreditation levels and assign each school and corporation an accreditation status based on the criteria of 511 IAC 6.1-1. Below is a summary of each accreditation status. Up-to-date information on each school and corporation’s accreditation status may be found on Compass.

Accreditation Statuses

Full

  • School receives A, B or C

AND

  • School complies with all legal standards

Provisional

  • School receives a D

OR

  • School receives up to 3 consecutive Fs

Provisional: Legal Standards

  • School not already defined as “provisional”

AND

  • School does not comply with all legal standards

Probationary

  • School receives 4+ consecutive Fs

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