Visiting team to evaluate regional high school for accreditation


A 16-member committee from the Commission on Public Secondary Schools (CPSS) will conduct an on-site evaluation visit at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) from April 28 through May 1.

The visit is part of the high school’s three-year accreditation process through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) that began in the 2010-2011 school year. Every 10 years, MVRHS and other schools across the six New England states that belong to NEASC seek accreditation through the organization. The regional high school’s accreditation is up for renewal this year.

“The purpose of this evaluation visit is to review and determine from an outside professional viewpoint the extent to which the school is meeting the standards for accreditation,” MVRHS principal Stephen Nixon said in a press release from CPSS. “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.”

Janet Garagliano, assistant executive director of the Connecticut Association of Schools, is the chairman of the visiting committee. It includes teachers and administrators from a variety of New England schools.

“Our purpose in visiting MVRHS is not to criticize it but to assist the faculty in its pursuit of quality education for its students,” Ms. Garagliano said in the press release.

NEASC is a voluntary membership organization that provides accreditation services for more than 2,000 public and private educational institutions.