The Diocese of Baton Rouge and its 29 Catholic schools should remain accredited for another five years, according to a six-member team of educators who visited several of those schools this week.

The team from AdvancED, the accrediting body, announced its recommendation to renew the diocese’s accreditation through 2021 at a brief gathering Wednesday afternoon. That recommendation now heads to AdvancEd’s national board for ratification later this year.

Melanie Verges, school superintendent for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, said she is gratified at the recommendation, saying it mirrors closely the diocese’s self-analysis, which was prepared in advance of the team’s visit.

“There were no surprises,” she said.

The Catholic schools received good marks generally, including special commendations for its strong Catholic identity and its efforts to improve special education, Verges said.

The team, however, assigned some homework, asking Verges and company to develop academic standards for every grade and subject and to pull together a strategic plan for all schools.

Verges said both are in the works, including math standards that are being developed now, but the strategic plan is awaiting completion of a strategic plan that covers all operations of the diocese, not just the schools.