Platteville High School has been reaccredited by AdvancED, the company that accredits schools in more than 70 countries.
The accreditation process involves a school’s study of itself in five areas — Purpose and Direction, Governance and Leadership, Teaching and Assessing for Learning, Resources and Support Systems, and Using Results for Continuous Improvement.
PHS Principal Jeff Jacobson said many school districts “have given up” on accreditation “as administrators have become busy.” PHS has been accredited for more than 100 years “in part because we’re a university town and because the university is accredited by its agencies, and because it requires you to stay in continuous improvement mode,” he said.
Jacobson said PHS got “excellent” scores in all areas except in the area of digital learning environments. He said the accreditors don’t give scores to things they don’t see, and teachers the accreditors saw those days may not have been using digital-based learning tools.