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  1. AdvancED Systems Accreditation AdvancED Kentucky Office Summer, 2012 © 2012 AdvancED

  2. Session Goals • Develop working knowledge of the expectations and requirements of the 2012 accreditation process and standards for schools/systems • Understand the role leaders play in the Internal Review process for schools/system • Recognize and connect improvement activities and accreditation activities for schools/systems • Understand the role ASSIST plays in improvement planning and accreditation

  3. Accreditation: 2012-2013 and Beyond Beyond Internal Review External Review Accredited School and District © 2012 AdvancED

  4. Accreditation: 2012-2013 and Beyond © 2012 AdvancED

  5. The New Protocol The new protocol is a performance-based model that employs diagnostic tools for systems to: • Conduct Internal Reviews focused on evaluating performance related to • Research-based Standards and Indicators • Student Achievement • Stakeholder Feedback Honest, credible self-evaluation is extremely valuable to the institution and to AdvancED. © 2012 AdvancED

  6. Accreditation

  7. System Leadership • Direction and Focus • Systemic Coordination • Systematic Processes • Monitoring Procedures • Feedback and Assistance • Appropriate Allocation of Resources • Support and Encouragement © 2012 AdvancED

  8. System Expectations • Meet AdvancED Accreditation Standards for Quality Systems • Implement a continuous improvement process • Conduct Internal Review • Executive Summary • Standards Self Assessment • Stakeholder Feedback Diagnostic (School Level) • Student Performance Diagnostic • Improvement Plan • Assurances • Host External Review • Respond to Required Actions © 2012 AdvancED

  9. School Expectations • Schools engage in the elements of internal review • School specific data, understanding, and perceptions provide knowledge to inform action • Process facilitates a culture of collaboration and community • System employs aggregated school information to guide leadership and determine support • System-wide and differentiated • Schools impact system’s required actions © 2012AdvancED

  10. School Systems Accreditation School 1 Executive Summary Self-Assessment Assurances Student Performance Improvement Plan Surveys School 2 Executive Summary Self-Assessment Assurances Student Performance Improvement Plan Surveys School 3 Executive Summary Self-Assessment Assurances Student Performance Improvement Plan Surveys System Executive Summary System Self-Assessment System Assurances System Student Performance System Improvement Plan School Surveys © 2012 AdvancED

  11. New Standards and Process Phase-in * Does not count toward accreditation status until 2013-2014 © 2012 AdvancED

  12. Activity: Internal Review What is the purpose of the Internal Review? © 2010 AdvancED

  13. Power and Purpose of Internal Review • Examines organizational effectiveness • Analyzes student performance • Engages stakeholders in deliberate reflection • Promotes deep and collective understanding of practices, processes and impact • Involves stakeholders in the continuous improvement of the school © 2012 AdvancED

  14. Power and Purpose of Internal Review • Provides a framework for rich dialogue and important discussion • Produces valid evidence to inform and guide action • Positions system to strategically improve • Provides context and information to the External Review Team © 2012 AdvancED

  15. Power of Internal Review Diagnostics • Executive Summary • Standards Self Assessment • Stakeholder Feedback • Student Performance Collect, Select, Reflect © 2012 AdvancED

  16. New Protocol: Characteristics of Evidence • Quality Matters • If the quality of evidence is poor,it provides little value to theaccreditation process • Results Matter • High performance and improving performance results are critical factors for an institution’s success. • The new protocol is a performance-based system Quality Results © 2012 AdvancED © 2012 AdvancED

  17. Demographics Demographics © 2012 AdvancED

  18. Demographics • Contact information is critical • School personnel update school demographics • System personnel: • Update district demographics • Ensure school demographics have been updated © 2012 AdvancED

  19. Executive Summary Executive Summary © 2012 AdvancED

  20. Executive Summary “Tells the Story” • Description of School System • System’s Purpose • Achievements and Notable Improvements • Additional Information © 2012 AdvancED

  21. Executive Summary Question 1. Describe the system’s/school's size, community/communities, location, and changes it has experienced in the last three years. Include demographic information about the students, staff, and community at large. What unique features and challenges are associated with the community/communities the system/school serves? © 2012 AdvancED

  22. Executive Summary • Question 2. Provide the system’s/school's purpose statement and ancillary content such as mission, vision, values, and/or beliefs. Describe how the system/school embodies its purpose through its program offerings and expectations for students.

  23. Executive Summary • Question 3. Describe the system’s/school's notable achievements and areas of improvement in the last three years. Additionally, describe areas for improvement that the system/school is striving to achieve in the next three years.

  24. Executive Summary • Question 4. Provide any additional information you would like to share with the public and community that were not prompted in the previous sections.

  25. Standards and Self-Assessment © 2012 AdvancED

  26. AdvancED Standards for Quality Schools © 2012 AdvancED

  27. Standards • Standard Statements (5)* • Indicators (35) • Focus of internal review • Rated individually • Contain multiple concepts • Evidence (multiple sources) • Performance Rubrics • Four levels • No longer labeled *Schools with Pre-K grades will use Early Learning Standard 4 in addition to the 5 school standards © 2012 AdvancED

  28. Themes Equity Collaboration Stakeholder Involvement Quality Standards Student Engagement Continuous Improvement Personalization Systems Alignment © 2012 AdvancED

  29. Activity: Standard Themes • Reflect on the meaning of your assigned theme • Find and name as many indicators as you can that address this theme Use the Workbook!

  30. Standards Self Assessment* Standards – statements of quality • Rate indicators – descriptive targets • Determine performance level (4 point scale) • Identify supporting evidence • Write a short standard narrative Describe process used to gather and analyze data! * Workbooks © 2012 AdvancED

  31. 3.1 The system’s curriculum provides equitable and challenging learning experiences that ensure all students have sufficient opportunities to develop learning, thinking, and life skills that lead to success at the next level. © 2012 AdvancED

  32. Activity: Discussion • What does a level 4 look like in a system/school? What conditions, practices, policies, etc. would you expect to see? • What type of evidence would you look for? • What’s the difference between a level 3 and level 4? Use the Workbook © 2012 AdvancED

  33. 3.1 The system’s curriculum provides equitable and challenging learning experiences that ensure all students have sufficient opportunities to develop learning, thinking, and life skills that lead to success at the next level. © 2012 AdvancED

  34. Indicators to Examine 38 © 2011 AdvancED

  35. Standards & Indicators Activity Identify one indicator from the “Indicators to Examine” slide. Read the indicator and “4” performance level. Prepare to respond to these questions: How would you re-phrase or explain the meaning of this indicator to a colleague? Does this indicator align to any of the “recurring themes?” If possible, rate your system/school on this indicator.

  36. Self Assessment How will leaders establish a “diagnostic environment”and ensure the integrity of the process? Using data to support ratings Understanding the meaning and intent of the standards and indicators Engaging stakeholders appropriately in the process Commitment to improvement in student performance and institutional effectiveness

  37. Stakeholder Feedback Surveys Stakeholder Feedback

  38. Stakeholder Feedback Surveys • Engage all stakeholders • Administered to Parents, Students and Staff • Ideally system managed administration to all schools • Are valid and reliable - tied to research • Items aligned with standard indicators • Administered prior to the External Review • available anytime for periodic diagnosis Informs improvement © 2012 AdvancED

  39. Stakeholder Feedback Diagnostic • Process of administration is important • How and who • Responses and response rate are significant • Worksheet (School) • Input aggregate scores - 5 point scale • Report number of responses - reliability • Performance level computed as data is entered • Analyze results for areas of satisfaction and improvement © 2012 AdvancED

  40. Stakeholder Feedback Diagnostic © 2012 AdvancED

  41. Stakeholder Feedback Diagnostic © 2012 AdvancED Minimum Response Rates: • parent survey: less than 20% • student survey(s): less than 40% • staff survey: less than 60%.

  42. Student Performance Student Performance Results

  43. Student Performance • Incorporates test results into accreditation • Involves multiple summative assessments including state accountability assessments • School/system score derived from a collection of test results • Scope of performance is cross curricular • Status and improvement are documented • Level of performance and quality of instruction • Quality of the assessments and results are analyzed and used to inform improvement © 2012 AdvancED

  44. Student Performance Results • Summative Data Collection • Simple process to record student performance in multiple areas • Analyze Quality and Results of Assessments • Three four-level scales: • Quality and Reliability • Alignment to Curriculum • Disaggregation • Workbook • Instructions, definitions, explanations, assistance © 2012 AdvancED

  45. Student Performance © 2012 AdvancED

  46. Goals and Improvement Plan Goals and Improvement Plan

  47. Goals and Improvement Plan • Develop and implement a comprehensive plan • Implement systemically • Monitor impact and analyze results • Use to inform continuous improvement • Plan must be connected to diagnostic data • Use ASSIST or own and upload to Assurances • Goals, objectives, strategies, activities, etc. Plan serves as a blueprint or road map © 2012 AdvancED

  48. Assurances Assurances

  49. Assurances • Complies with AdvancED policies & procedures • Reports all substantive changes • Has a written crisis & security management plan • Monitors financial transactions – audit system • Engages in continuous improvement and implements an improvement plan • Verifies all institutions meet school standards- describes process © 2012 AdvancED

  50. Documentation and Evidence Documentation and Evidence