Sixteen educators will make an on-site evaluation of Profile School Oct. 23-26. The evaluation visit will be conducted under the direction of the Commission on Public Secondary Schools of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The visiting committee will be chaired by Michael Jette, principal of Merrimack Valley High School.

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges is a voluntary membership organization for more than 2000 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 Commission on Public Secondary Schools. The Commission works with individual public schools to improve the quality of education through a continuous process of accreditation and evaluation.

The purpose of this evaluation visit is to review and determine from an outside professional view point the extent to which the school is meeting the Standards for Accreditation. 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. During the comprehensive self-study, the faculty attempted to identify the school's strengths and determined those areas in which changes would be beneficial.

The chair of the visiting committee, Michael Jette, said, "Our purpose in visiting Profile School is not to criticize it but to assist the faculty in its pursuit of quality education for its students."

Principal Michael Kelley pointed out, "Our staff is well aware that the self-study process is only the first leg in a long journey. The self-study allowed us the opportunity to celebrate all of our strengths and to create a thoughtful list of our needs. Our next step is to utilize the information gleaned from the accreditation process to create a long-range plan for continuous school improvement. We are excited about the prospects of using this information to meet the needs of an ever- changing world in the 21st century."

The members of the visiting committee are teachers and administrators from a variety of schools in New England Area (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire).


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