Based on WASC/CDE Tools, pp. 57–122
WASC/CDE Focus on Learning, 2009 Edition, Updated Fall 2009
Note: This document is available on the WASC website as a Microsoft Word document and can be completed electronically.
This document contains tools to assist the school in the analysis of the program based on the WASC/CDE criteria. The purpose is to integrate the accreditation processes for both organizations to ensure an effective, efficient, and relevant improvement process for the schools. Indicators have been listed to assist in the deeper understanding of the criteria. In addition, suggested areas to be examined and prompts or questions have been provided for the criteria. These should assist the school in their work of determining the effectiveness of the school’s program and operations to support high-quality student learning.
The criteria suggested areas to analyze should be used by the Home and the Schoolwide Focus Groups to accomplish Task 4 (beginning on page 51) in the self-study accreditation manual.
Home/Focus Group Work: Based on the WASC criteria in each category:
Review what currently exists based on the WASC/CDE criteria indicators.
Evaluate the current program's effectiveness and respond to the findings and evidence for each sample prompt.
Support responses with analyzed observable evidence.
Note: Observable evidence includes a) examination of student work, b) observations of students engaged in learning and other aspects of the school program, c) student interviews, d) examination of hard data and information, and e) other observations/interviews/discussions.
These responses will form the basis of Chapter IV of the Self-Study Report.
Category A: Organization: Vision and Purpose, Governance, Leadership and Staff, and Resources
A1. Organization Criterion
Respond to the criterion (shown as a guide question) by answering the prompts (findings and supporting evidence).
To what extent a) does the school have a clearly stated vision or purpose based on its student needs, current educational research and the belief that all students can achieve high levels and b) is the school's purpose supported by the governing board and the central administration and further defined by expected schoolwide learning results and the academic standards?
CRITERION A1 INDICATORS AND PROMPTS
Vision – ESLRs – Profile
Indicator: The school has established a clear, coherent vision (purpose) of what students should know and perform; it is based upon high quality standards and is congruent with research, practices, the student/community profile data, and a belief that all students can learn.
Prompt: Comment on pertinent student/community profile data that has impacted the development of the vision and the expected schoolwide learning results.
Indicator: The processes to ensure involvement of representatives from the entire school community in the development/refinement of the vision and expected schoolwide learning results are effective.
Prompt: Examine the effectiveness of the processes to ensure involvement of representatives from the entire school community in the development/refinement of the vision and expected schoolwide learning results.
Understanding of Vision and ESLRs
Indicator: Students, parents, and other members of the school community demonstrate understanding of and commitment to the vision and the expected schoolwide learning results.
Prompt: Examine the effectiveness of the processes to ensure involvement of representatives from the entire school community in the development/refinement of the purpose and expected schoolwide learning results.
Regular Review and Revision
Indicator: The school is implementing an effective process for regular review/revision of the school purpose and the expected schoolwide learning results based on student needs, global, national and local needs, and community conditions.
Prompt: Examine the effectiveness of the process for regular review/revision of the school purpose and the expected schoolwide learning results based on student needs, global, national and local needs, and community conditions.
A1. Organization: Additional Findings
Indicator: Consider other information that impacts the degree to which the school is meeting this criterion.
Prompt: From examining additional relevant evidence, what has been learned regarding the extent to which this criterion is being addressed?
Prompt: Comment on the degree to which this criterion impacts the school’s addressing of one or more of the identified critical academic needs.
Suggested Areas to Analyze
Suggested areas to analyze in determining the degree to which the criterion is being met:
a copy of the written vision and schoolwide learning results