Woodland preparing for accreditation visit


BEACON FALLS — A team of 16 educators will conduct an on-site New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation visit of Woodland Regional High School from Sunday through Wednesday.

“The purpose of this accreditation visit is to review and determine from an outside professional viewpoint the extent to which Woodland is meeting the standards for accreditation.” Woodland Principal Kurt Ogren stated in a press release.

As part of the evaluation, the visiting committee will meet with all school constituents, review the school’s self-study, visit a number of classes, and examine examples of student work submitted by the school, the release stated.

The accreditation visit will be conducted under the direction of the Committee on Public Secondary Schools of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges is a voluntary membership organization of more than 2,000 public schools, colleges and universities, independent schools, and vocational, technical and career institutions. Of these, over 650 secondary schools have been accredited through the Association’s Committee on Public Secondary Schools.

“Our purpose in visiting Woodland Regional High School is to assist the faculty in its pursuit of quality education for its students,” William Collins, superintendent of Newington Public Schools and chair of the visiting committee, stated in the release.

The goal of the accreditation visit is to stimulate a continuing drive for improvement in the school, Ogren stated. Woodland will receive a final report from the visiting team about 90 days after the visit, according to the release.