St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) and the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department (TCCED) and is recognized by the Texas Education Agency of the State of Texas.
The Texas Catholic Conference Education Department (TCCED)
coordinates and supervises the accreditation of all Catholic schools in the State of Texas through the Texas Catholic Conference Accreditation Commission. The accreditation is reported to the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission (TEPSAC), the joint association established to review and approve the principles, standards, and processes of various accrediting associations. Nonpublic schools accredited by a TEPSAC approved association are recognized by the Commissioner of Education as accredited schools and are listed in the official Texas School Directory published annually by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). This acknowledgement ensures student credits earned in these accredited, nonpublic schools are recognized by the state of Texas and other educational institutions and that teacher service in these schools is recognized for salary increment purposes in Texas public schools. Accreditation of nonpublic schools under this arrangement became effective February 12, 1986. Accreditation of nonpublic schools directly by TEA ceased after May 31, 1989.
In the Spring of 2013 The Catholic Bishops of Texas have approved a partnership between TCCED and SASCS CASI. Beggining with the 2013-2014 School Year Catholic Schools Accredited via TCCED will receive dual accreditation with The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council an Accreditation and School Improvement
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council an Accreditation and School Improvement
(SACS CASI) provides nationally-recognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance. To earn accreditation, schools must meet SACS CASI’s high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school and implement a continuous process of school improvement.
SACS CASI accreditation is recognized across state lines, which not only eases the transfer process as students move from accredited school to accredited school but also assures parents that the school is meeting nationally accepted standards for quality and successful professional practice.
Dr. Mark Elgart, President/CEO of AdvancED, the parent organization of SACS CASI, stated, “SACS CASI Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners. is to be commended for engaging in this process and demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.”
Parents and interested community members can learn more about accreditation at www.advanc-ed.org.
During the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years, St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic School participated in the TCCED self-study process to continue its accreditation. During the week of March 5 to March 8, 2013 St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic School hosted the visiting team from TCCED, who validated the findings of the self-study and made recommendations to the Texas Catholic Conference Accrediting Commission (TCCAC) regarding the continued accreditation of St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic School. At their May meeting the Texas Catholic Conference Accrediting Commission (TCCAC) renewed the accreditation status for St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic School for the next seven years.