Following a four-day evaluation process last spring, Wilton High School has again been accredited by the Committee on Public Secondary Schools of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). NEASC accreditation is an \u201congoing, voluntary\u201d system of accountability based on standards that \u201cdefine the characteristics of good schools and colleges,\u201d according to the association\u2019s website. The NEASC accreditation process is a standards-based system of accountability that occurs every 10 years and consists of a self-study, peer review and follow-ups. \u201cThe process is really, really comprehensive,\u201d Wilton High School Principal Robert O\u2019Donnell told The Bulletin last April, \u201cand you definitely want to be accredited because it ascertains the fact that you have met the standards outlined by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.\u201d According to the NEASC website, schools that receive accreditation demonstrate: Substantial compliance with established qualitative standards. Integrity in statements to the public describing the institution\u2019s program. Institutional commitment to improvement. Sufficiency of institutional resources. A NEASC visiting committee, comprised of 16 educators, arrived at Wilton High School on May 1, 2016. Over the course of four days, the committee members toured the high school, held meetings with school staff, collected data, presented reports, and debriefed with one another. Last spring, O\u2019Donnell reported that the committee examined \u201cevery aspect\u201d of the school \u2014 from facilities, student life and school climate to curriculum, instruction and assessment \u2014 and students were \u201cextensively involved\u201d in the process. The high school received its decennial accreditation report from NEASC in December, and O\u2019Donnell said the NEASC visiting committee had been "very impressed\u201d with the school and its programs and \u201coffered many commendations\u201d in its report. O\u2019Donnell said the report will be used to assist the school in developing priorities for further improvements. "We have initiated a follow-up program to review the self-study findings and the visiting committee report to establish the order in which recommendations will be carried out,\u201d said O\u2019Donnell. After reviewing the visiting committee's report, according to O\u2019Donnell, Wilton High School\u2019s NEASC Follow-up Committee began compiling the committee's recommendations. \u201cWe are currently engaged in a comparison of the recommendations from the report with the critical needs identified as part of the 2015 self-study, and our two- and five-year plans,\u201d he said.