The fifteen educators, who made an on-site evaluation of East Greenwich High School on April 10 through April 13, have submitted their final report, Principal Michael Podraza announced today. The evaluation visit took place under the direction of the Commission on Public Secondary Schools of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The visiting committee was chaired by Dr. Edmund Higgins, Professor at Quinnipiac University and included educators from various New England states.
Principal Podraza said, “Using our self-study as a starting point, the visiting team came to East Greenwich High School and engaged in numerous professional dialogs with members of the EGHS community. The team also visited classrooms, shadowed students, looked at examples of student work, spoke with elected officials, parents, students, faculty and administration.”
The chair of the visiting committee, Dr. Higgins, said, “Our purpose in visiting East Greenwich School is not to criticize it but to assist the faculty in its pursuit of quality education for its students.”
The report, organized by the Commission’s standards, gives both commendations and recommendations to East Greenwich High School. Principal Michael Podraza points out, “The members of the faculty were very open and honest in the self study. Although it is nice to receive the commendations we did, many of the recommendations that the visiting team made we also identified as needs going into the visit. To a certain degree the recommendations serve as validation that we understood our responsibilities and measured ourselves objectively and properly in the self-study.”
Over the summer the NEASC commission will convene and use the report to vote on the school’s accreditation status over the summer. Should EGHS’ accreditation be continued, the school will need to make both two year and five year progress reports to the commission to document progress in meeting the all of the report’s recommendations.
Podraza said “Although many of the recommendations are challenging, because each one aims to increase the achievement of East Greenwich High School students, each recommendation is worth investing time, effort and energy into. Personally, this report serves two functions; it validates the hard work that the faculty and staff have done over the past few years, and it provides us with an invaluable blue-print for the work we need to do to if we are going to make EGHS the best school in the nation.”