The ACS/WASC accreditation process fosters excellence in elementary, secondary, and adult education by encouraging school improvement. A six-year cycle guides schools through an ongoing improvement process that includes implementation, assessment, and refinement of the schoolwide action plan on an annual basis.
Who is involved?
The Leadership Team is comprised of a School Coordinator (John Garrett), chairpersons for each of the major schoolwide focus groups, and at least one parent, student, and board representative. The entire staff and faculty also participate in some way on at least one of the Schoolwide Focus Groups—as researchers, writers, resource personnel, and/or evidence gatherers. Greater parent, student, and community involvement will also be pursued at various stages throughout the self-study cycle.
What is a Schoolwide Focus Group?
There are five Schoolwide Focus Groups that inform the self-study: Organization, Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment & Accountability, and Student Culture & Support for Student Personal and Academic Growth. Representatives of each of these groups are tasked with assessing the entire school program and its impact in relation to schoolwide learner outcomes, academic standards, and ACS/WASC criteria.
When did CCDS start its six-year cycle?
The self-study process never really stops. Since the 2010 full visit by WASC, the Leadership Team and focus group leaders have changed, but ongoing assessment of learner outcomes, profile data, and stakeholder feedback guide CCDS in updating its schoolwide action plan to reflect new trends and accommodate student achievement.
Staff and faculty have come together over the last several years to produce a series of self-assessment reports, including the 2013 WASC Mid-term Report and the recent Charter Renewal Application and Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). Fireside Chats, surveys, public forums, board updates, and discussion groups created at various junctures throughout the development of these reports provide key information that inform, foster, and promote self-reflection and advancement at every level.
How can I participate?
Participation can include joining a focus group or gathering evidence to demonstrate progress in a particular area. Proof readers and/or editors are also needed as the individual group reports come together to form the larger, comprehensive report to WASC. Let’s just say, there’s something for everyone, and we’re happy to work around your schedule. Even a little participation goes a long way—especially toward improving your own understanding of how Chico Country Day operates.
For more information about how you can get involved
Email WASC Parent Representative Ann Nikolai or call (530) 898-5858. You may also call the CCDS’ main office at (530) 865-2650 to volunteer.
For more information about ACS/WASC, click here to view the official website.