The primary role of the Accountability Department is to ensure that the Sunflower County Consolidated School District is in compliance with the 31 Process Standards of the Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards. “Process Standards address accepted educational principles and practices that are believed to promote educational quality.
Any verified violation of a Process Standard is noted on the record of a school district at the time of discovery within any school year, but does not affect the current accreditation status of the district. If a noted violation of a Process Standard has not been corrected by the following school year when accreditation statuses are assigned, the violation is reported for appropriate action” (Mississippi Accountability Standards Manual).
These Standards are broken into four categories: Administration/Personnel, School Operations, Instructional Practices, and Safe and Healthy Schools.
In the fall of each year, every public school district is assigned one of the following statuses:
- ACCREDITED is assigned to a district that complies with Accreditation Policies and 100% of the Process Standards.
- PROBATION is assigned to a district that complies with fewer than 100% of the Accreditation Policies and Process Standards. The district will be required to develop and implement a Corrective Action Plan with defined timelines to address the deficiencies.
- WITHDRAWN is assigned to a district that has previously been assigned a PROBATION status and still does not comply with its Corrective Action Plan. Any school district placed in conservatorship may have its accreditation withdrawn. The district will be required to develop and implement a Corrective Action Plan with defined timelines to address the deficiencies.