In the last 7 years, I’ve been through accreditation 4 times. Good schools, like the ones I’ve been at, go through it once every 6 years. Every school that gives high school credit have to be accredited for their credits to count. It’s a long process where the school has to produce a book on what they are doing to improve student learning, including data from surveys of parents, teachers, students and other stakeholders on the school environment. It ends with a 2 day visit from an accreditation team that spends their time there talking to students, parents and observing teachers teaching.
I have not once been observed by anyone on any of the 4 accreditation teams, and that includes when I was teaching at the high school with only 17 teachers. All 4 times we received the highest allowable recommendation.
I’ll put that on my resume.