Middle States Association – About
Robinson School is beginning the journey toward Middle States re-accreditation! This journey begins with YOU – our stakeholders – the Robinson School community. You are vital to this journey and you’ll be included every step of the way.
Watch this video to learn more about the process and how it will benefit Robinson School.
How will you be involved?
Re-accreditation requires everyone’s participation to actively chart the direction and future of Robinson School. We’re excited to hear about your vision for our school!
This process will involve you by:
- Providing opportunities for you to highlight the positive and demonstrate the strengths and effectiveness of Robinson School.
- Broadening how our staff views community expectations.
- Fostering closer school and community collaboration.
- Articulating and communicating opportunities between school levels and our diverse stakeholders.
First, let’s answer some questions:
What is the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools?
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) was established in 1887 as a pioneering nonprofit organization that established standards for improving educational quality and accountability in the United States. Robinson School, a pioneer of education in Puerto Rico, was established in 1902 and received Middle States accreditation in 1957.
What is the Middle States Association mission?
The Middle States Association mission:
- Aspires to improve education quality in the United States and around the world.
- Assists schools in achieving and maintaining excellence through accreditation.
- Affirms a school’s reputation and credibility to the public, including colleges & universities in the U.S and around the world, as well as federal financial aid agencies.
- Evidences a school’s commitment to continuous improvement
- Provides a network and resources to promote proven practices in educational achievement.
What are the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS)?
The Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools builds on the rich history of the Middle States Association to improve the quality of early childhood, elementary and secondary education.
What core beliefs guide Middle States accreditation?
- Education is important to the quality of life in our global society.
- All children deserve access to a quality education.
- Innovation is the key to achieving excellence in both teaching and learning.
- Self-assessment, external validation, and accountability is essential to school improvement.
- Accreditation promotes a school’s commitment to achieving excellence through a shared vision of continuous improvement, diverse school community support, and sustained effort over an extended period of time.
- Accreditation is a collaborative partnership grounded in professionally recognized and accepted research-based standards.
What is the profile of a Middle States accredited school?
A Middle States accredited school:
- Adheres to the Middle States Standards for accreditation.
- Uses its mission, beliefs, and goals as the basis for daily decision-making.
- Operates in the public interest according to ethical practices.
- Accepts responsibility for its students’ level of performance.
- Remains committed to continuous improvement in student learning and to the school’s capacity to reach the levels of learning desired and expected by its community.
- Operates in a collegial and collaborative way with all of its stakeholders.
- Implements recommendations, addresses monitoring issues, and corrects stipulations that result from the accreditation process.
What is accreditation?
Accreditation is “an external, objective validation of school quality and student achievement that fosters continuous school improvement.” The U.S. Department of Education recognizes approved accrediting organizations, such as Middle States, as a “reliable authority as to the quality of education.”
Middle States re-accreditation will benefit Robinson School in two main ways. It will:
- Recognize Robinson School’s achievements as an educational institution.
- Foster and facilitate Robinson’s ongoing improvement by identifying needs through internal and external assessment.
Why is Middle States re-accreditation important?
Middle States re-accreditation will help Robinson School maintain its 115-year commitment to educational excellence and continuous improvement by following the highest recognized standards in education.
Middle States offers a systematic approach to help Robinson School refine its vision of the future by setting specific objectives to help realize that vision.
The Middle States accreditation process will:
- Examine Robinson School holistically – our philosophy and goals, our community, our programs and services, our facilities, and our financial stability.
- Collect and analyze data to inform Robinson School’s strategic planning.
- Establish Robinson’s priorities for improvement by using comprehensive, research-based needs assessments.
- Manage change through regular assessment, planning, implementation, and reassessment.
- Develop and implement a multi-year improvement plan based upon Robinson’s vision for the future.
Middle States re-accreditation requires commitment, planning and coordination. For this reason, Robinson School has assembled a Middle States Steering Committee to:
- Organize and coordinate Robinson’s re-accreditation self-study process.
- Coordinate Robinson’s re-accreditation planning process.
- Develop Robinson’s plan for growth.
- Contribute energy, enthusiasm, and expertise to this process.
- Identify and ensure the necessary support and resources for Robinson’s Middle States re-accreditation.
Robinson School-Middle States Steering Committee:
We are proud to introduce our distinguished Middle States steering committee:
- José J. Ortiz (Head): Technology and Design – Middle and Upper School
- Michael Alverio: Physical Education – Elementary School
- Laura Amill: First Grade – Elementary School
- Hildelisa Crespo: Mathematics – Middle and Upper School
- Luis Fortes: Social Studies – Upper School
- Esther Gomez: Spanish – Middle School
- Gloria Hicks: Music and Performing Arts – Elementary School
- Myriam Medina: Science – Middle School
- Sheila Ortiz: English – Middle School
- Damaris Pérez: Spanish – Middle School
- Elba Rodríguez – Spiritual Life – Middle and Upper School
- Maria Turner: Third Grade – Elementary School
- Lourdes Veve – Pathways – Elementary School
Where is Robinson in the Middle States re-accreditation process?
- March, 2017 – Robinson Middle States Steering Committee established
- April 17, 2017 – Middle States Association re-accreditation process kicked off after Spring Recess with a meeting for faculty about what will be expected of them.
- December, 2017 – Steering Committee will have completed Robinson’s Self-Study based on the Middle States Association protocol Designing Our Future (DOF), a self-study and accreditation protocol primarily focused on improving levels of student performance that our community and the general public have come to expect from Robinson School.
- April, 2018 – The Middle States Validating Team will visit Robinson School. This team consists of educators from other accredited institutions who act as peer-reviewers of Robinson’s self-study. They will validate Robinson’s self-study findings and make recommendations for improvement.