The Kentucky Core Content and the Kentucky Program of Studies have been aligned and encompass the Kentucky Academic Expectations. Hardin County Schools have focused our curriculum around these goals to ensure that the National Standards, Kentucky Core Content for Assessment, and the Kentucky Program of Studies are utilized as standards for curriculum.
The resources listed below is an attempt to equip parents and teachers with the tools necessary to help our students reach there academic goals.
Additional Resources for Teachers and Parents
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has as its central purpose the improvement of education in the South through the process of accreditation. Accreditation is a nongovernmental and voluntary process of evaluation concerned with improving educational quality and assuring the public that member institutes meet established standards.
As one of six regional associations in the United States, the Southern Association, founded in 1895, accredits colleges and schools in 11 Southern states - Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia - and in Mexico, Central and South America, and the islands of the Caribbean. Currently the membership includes more than 12,000 public and private institutions enrolling more than 11 million students in universities, senior colleges, two-year colleges, high schools, junior high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, and early childhood centers and kindergartens.
The Accreditation Process
Accreditation is a process for institutional improvement through a systematic program of evaluation and the application of educational standards or criteria. Accreditation means not only that an institute meets prescribed minimum standards, but also that the institution demonstrates a commitment to providing quality educational programs.
Regional accreditation is comprehensive: it evaluates the entire institution, not just certain programs. Member colleges and schools undertake exhaustive self-studies involving the participation of faculty, administrators, staff, students, and governing board members. A committee of peer evaluators, comprised of professional educators who have volunteered to serve on the committee, visits an institution to assess its compliance with stated standards, to review the acceptability of self-study, and to make recommendations based on the committee's evaluation. Institutional personnel respond to recommendations stated in the visiting committee report and design short-term and long-range plans for improvement based on the recommendations.
Accreditation is not a permanent status. Membership in the Southern Association depends on continuing improvement demonstrated through a regular cycle of annual reports, interim reviews, and periodic evaluations.
The following Hardin County Schools are fully accredited: