WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges)
(12 good reasons for accreditation) 1. Certification that the school is a trustworthy institution of learning 2. Validates the integrity of a schools program and student transcripts 3. Fosters improvement of the schools programs & operations to support student learning
(Ideally…) 4. Assures a school community that the schools purposes are appropriate and being accomplished through a viable educational program 5. A way to manage change through regular assessment, planning, implementing, monitoring and reassessment
(Getting to Reality!) 6. Assists school in establishing its priority areas for improvement (Aha! Critical needs!) 7. UC approval of A-G requirements requires WASC accreditation 8. Cal Grants require WASC accreditation 9. California Department of Education requires WASC accreditation.
(Reality could bite!) 10. Colleges & universities require units from accredited institutions 11. Military recruiters require accredited schools 12. Teachers receive credit for years taught at accredited schools
We might as well learn to love the WASC; even the Orkin man couldnt get rid of it!
Structure of the Self-Study Process The Professional Learning Community (PLC) completes its work in three types of groups: 1. Leadership team 2. Home groups ( i.e., Departments) 3. Focus groups
Work of the Self-Study Process Analyze student data & achievement in relation to : Academic standards Expected School-wide Learning Results ( ESLRs- ESHS Eagle Expectations) Quality of the school program based on WASC/CDE (California Department of Education) criteria
Rationale 1. How are the students achieving? Expected school-wide learning results (ESLRs= Eagle Expectations) Academic standards 2. Is the school doing everything possible to support high achievement for all its students?
School Improvement Cycle Perpetual cycle: Assessment Planning Implementing Monitoring Reassessment Annual summary of student progress Annual review of action plan In-depth study every 6 years (the WASC visit!)
Schools Vision: ESHSs Eagle Expectations Eagles Soar with P Perseverance to solve problems R Responsibility, respect, and integrity I Investment in lifelong learning, community service, and global contribution D Dedication to physical and mental well-being E Effective communication, collaboration, and critical thinking for the 21 st Century
ESHS Mission Statement El Segundo High School will provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to become life-long learners, effective communicators, and socially productive citizens who will be prepared for life in the 21 st century.
Schools Academic Standards California State standards in each curricular area Schools determine the benchmarks for student work that meets these standards provide appropriate instruction use multiple measures of assessment
Five Criteria on how Focus Groups are organized: 1. Organization: Vision and Purpose, governance, Leadership and Staff, and Resources 2. Standards-based Student Learning: Curriculum 3. Standards-based Student Learning: Instruction 4. Standards-based Student Learning: Assessment and Accountability 5. School Culture and Support for Student Personal and Academic Growth
Data Analysis In-depth gathering of data and information to enable a school to take a careful and penetrating look at: 1. the identified Critical Academic Needs 2.the related Expected School-wide Learning Results (ESLRs = Eagle Expectations) 3.the academic standards 4. what is and isnt working
Data Analysis Strategies 1. Examination of student work (3 times per year) 2. Observation of students working (Walk-throughs) 3. Interviewing students about what they are learning (Surveys, etc.) 4. Review of group test data (Annually: Sept.-Oct., etc.) 5. Analysis of feedback from parents, graduates, and community (Surveys)
Expected Outcomes of Self-Study 1. Involvement & collaboration of entire PLC to support student achievement 2. Clarification and measurement of what all students should know, understand, and be able to do through ESLRs and academic standards 3. Gathering and analyzing of data about students and student achievement
Outcomes, continued 4. Assessment of the entire school program and its impact on student learning 5. Alignment of a long-range action plan to the schools areas of need; an accountability system for monitoring the accomplishment of the plan