An international education accreditation organization celebrated the accomplishments of Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) teachers, students, and staff at the October meeting of the Jefferson Parish School Board (JPSB). AdvancED Louisiana Director Ray Poplus presented the board with a plaque commemorating JPPSS on the accreditation the system was awarded in June.
The largest community of education professionals in the world, AdvancED certifies the quality of PK-12 schools and school systems around the globe. JPPSS has a long history with school accreditation, as Poplus proudly pointed out during his presentation.
“Marrero Middle School was first accredited in 1952, 63 years ago,” Poplus told the JPSB. “Marrero Middle was quickly followed by East Jefferson High School and West Jefferson High School in the late ’50’s, followed by Grace King and Riverdale in the early ’60’s.”
Poplus went on to add that JPPSS achieved system-wide accreditation in 2010, meaning the district office and all schools met the AdvancED standards. The current accreditation is a re-accreditation that was officially approved by the AdvancED commission in June. The commission accepted the recommendation of an accreditation team that visited JPPSS this past spring. That team, consisting of education professionals from in and out of Louisiana, spent over three days visiting JPPSS district offices and schools. This new period of accreditation lasts five years.