Oriole News: LHS celebrates 125 years of accreditation.

February 21, 2022

Oriole News: LHS celebrates 125 years of accreditation.

Oriole News is a presentation of Ludington Area Public Schools in partnership with Mason County Press.

LUDINGTON — Ludington High School officials announced the renewal of the school’s accreditation, marking 125 years since the initial achievement of this distinction in 1907.

Ludington High School’s accreditation is granted by CogniaTM, a nonprofit organization that provides quality assurance for schools, school districts, and education service providers.

A presentation to the board of education is set for Monday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. at the high school.

“It is an honor and a privilege to stand with Ludington High School today as we reach this historic milestone. School accreditation as conferred by the Cognia Global Accreditation Commission provides a nationally recognized mark of quality for our school,” shared Principal Dan Mesyar. “Being able to maintain this distinction for 125 years demonstrates to our community our longstanding commitment to excellence, our openness to review and receive feedback, and our desire to be the best we can be on behalf of the students we serve.”

Throughout its history of service, Cognia, formerly AdvancED, has globally recognized schools that meet rigorous standards focused on productive learning environments, equitable resource allocation for the needs of learners, and effective leadership. Earning accreditation from the Cognia Global Accreditation Commission is a recognition that the school meets Cognia Standards of Quality and maintains a commitment to continuous improvement. To earn Cognia accreditation, a school also must implement a continuous process of improvement and submit to external review. Schools in good standing can maintain their accreditation for a five-year term.

“Cognia Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school and its community on the primary goal of preparing lifelong learners in engaging environments where all students can flourish,” said Dr. Mark A. Elgart, president and CEO of Cognia. “One hundred twenty five years of accreditation can only be reached by those institutions that have shared with us a steadfast commitment to quality and improvement from the very beginning. Ludington High School is to be commended for demonstrating that it has continually met high standards and made progress on key indicators that impact student learning.”

Cognia is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). Parents and interested community members can learn more about the Cognia Accreditation at cognia.org.

Cognia offers accreditation and certification, assessment, professional learning, and improvement services to institutions and other education providers. The result of the merger of AdvancED and Measured Progress, Cognia was formed to bridge the gap between school evaluation and student assessment. As a global nonprofit working in over 80 countries, its 36,000 institutions serve and support nearly 25 million students and five million educators every day. Cognia serves as a trusted partner in advancing learning for all.

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