Wasc/cde criteria Indicators and Prompts Based on wasc/cde tools, pp. 57–122


A5. Leadership and Staff Criterion



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A5. Leadership and Staff Criterion


Respond to the criterion (shown as a guide question) by answering the prompts (findings and supporting evidence).

To what extent are leadership and staff involved in ongoing research or data-based correlated professional development that focuses on identified student learning needs?

CRITERION A5 INDICATORS AND PROMPTS

Support of Professional Development

Indicator: The school effectively supports professional development with time, personnel, material, and fiscal resources to facilitate all students achieving the academic standards and the expected schoolwide learning results.

Prompt: How effective is the support of professional development with time, personnel, material, and fiscal resources to facilitate all students achieving the academic standards and the expected schoolwide learning results?

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Supervision and Evaluation

Indicator: The school implements effective supervision and evaluation procedures in order to promote professional growth of staff.

Prompt: How effective is the school’s supervision and evaluation procedures in order to promote professional growth of staff?

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Measurable Effect of Professional Development

Indicator: There are effective operating processes that determine the measurable effect of professional development on student performance.

Prompt: Comment on the processes and their effectiveness in determining the measurable effect of professional development on student performance.

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

A5. Leadership and Staff: 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?

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Prompt: Comment on the degree to which this criterion impacts the school’s addressing of one or more of the identified critical academic needs.

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Suggested Areas to Analyze

Suggested areas to analyze in determining the degree to which the criterion is being met:



  • the extent to which staff is supported by time, personnel, material and fiscal resources for planning and professional development to facilitate all students achieving the academic standards and the expected schoolwide learning results

  • the evaluation procedures utilized and their effectiveness in promoting professional growth

  • occurrence and extent of monitoring

  • written professional development plan and follow-up to professional development activities

  • description of how plan was developed and how priorities are set

  • interviews with staff members to learn their perceptions of the purpose and effectiveness of professional development

  • the extent to which staff members have taken advantage of professional development options available

  • written and verbal assessment of how professional development has impacted student learning and accomplishment of the expected schoolwide learning results

  • other evidence identified by the school

A6. Resources Criterion


Respond to the criterion (shown as a guide question) by answering the prompts (findings and supporting evidence).

To what extent are the human, material, physical, and financial resources sufficient and utilized effectively and appropriately in accordance with the legal intent of the program(s) to support students in accomplishing the academic standards and the expected schoolwide learning results?

CRITERION A6 INDICATORS AND PROMPTS

Allocation Decisions

Indicator: There is a relationship between the decisions about resource allocations, the school’s vision and purpose and student achievement of the expected schoolwide learning results and the academic standards. The school leadership and staff are involved in the resource allocation decisions.

Prompt: Evaluate the relationship between the decisions about resource allocations, the school’s vision and purpose and student achievement of the expected schoolwide learning results and the academic standards. Additionally, comment on the extent to which leadership and staff are involved in the resource allocation decisions.

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Practices

Indicator: There are processes operating in relationship to district practices for developing an annual budget, conducting an annual audit, and at all times conducting quality business and accounting practices, including protections against mishandling of institutional funds. (Note: Some of this may be more district-based than school-based.)

Prompt: Evaluate the school’s processes in relationship to district practices for developing an annual budget, conducting an annual audit, and at all times conducting quality business and accounting practices, including protections against mishandling of institutional funds. (Note: Some of this may be more district-based than school-based.)

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Facilities

Indicator: The school’s facilities are adequate to meet the school’s vision and purpose and are safe, functional, and well maintained.

Prompt: Determine if the facilities are adequate to meet the school’s vision and purpose and are safe, functional, and well-maintained.

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Instructional Materials and Equipment

Indicator: The procedures for acquiring and maintaining adequate instructional materials and equipment, such as textbooks, other printed materials, audio-visual, support technology, manipulatives, and laboratory materials are effective.

Prompt: Evaluate the effectiveness of the procedures for acquiring and maintaining adequate instructional materials and equipment, such as textbooks, other printed materials, audio-visual, support technology, manipulatives, and laboratory materials.

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Well-Qualified Staff

Indicator: Resources are available to enable the hiring and nurturing of a well-qualified staff, including ongoing professional development.

Prompt: Determine if the resources available enable the hiring and nurturing of a well-qualified staff, including ongoing professional development.

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Long-Range Planning

Indicator: The district and school’s processes for regular examination of a long-range plan to ensure the continual availability and coordination of appropriate resources that support student achievement of the academic standards and the expected schoolwide learning results are effective and are regularly evaluated.

Prompt: Evaluate the district and school’s processes for regular examination of a long-range plan to ensure the continual availability and coordination of appropriate resources that support student achievement of the academic standards and the expected schoolwide learning results.

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

A6. Resources: 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?

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Prompt: Comment on the degree to which this criterion impacts the school’s addressing of one or more of the identified critical academic needs.

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Suggested Areas to Analyze

Suggested areas to analyze in determining the degree to which the criterion is being met:



  • description of the resources which are considered crucial to the operation of the school and its focus on academic standards and expected schoolwide learning results

  • availability of materials, space, and equipment to support student learning

  • number of staff members and level of professional expertise

  • the adequacy of the facilities to meet the purpose of the school, i.e., safe, functional, and well-maintained

  • the procedures for maintaining the physical facilities

  • the procedures for hiring and nurturing a well-qualified staff

  • the procedures for acquiring and maintaining adequate instructional materials, such as textbooks, other printed material, audio-visuals, support technology, manipulative, laboratory materials

  • the school plan which describes how resources will be utilized

  • how resources are being coordinated to support all students accomplishing the academic standards and the expected schoolwide learning results

  • how district resources are being applied to students accomplishing the academic standards and the expected schoolwide learning results

  • the procedures for regular examination of the master or long-range plan to ensure all students are achieving the academic standards and the expected schoolwide learning results

  • the involvement of the school’s shareholders in long-range planning

  • other evidence identified by the school


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