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WASC

What is WASC?

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is recognized as one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges and universities in the United States. This commission validates the curricular, instructional, and support programs for California schools. In order for WESM student transcripts to be accepted by other schools and universities, WESM must be accredited by WASC. The process is a six-year cycle of

• gathering of school data

• clarifying of what all students should know, understand and be able to do

• analyzing student performance

• examining the academic, social, personal program of the school

• identifying critical areas for improvement

• creating a school-wide action plan

2016 WASC Progress Report

In March 2016, WESM went through a Mid-Cycle WASC self-study process. This process was for the purpose of reviewing the progress toward the goals set in 2013. We received a very positive report. We are in year 4 of the a six-year accreditation, which will be in effect until 2019. We are moving forward, stronger and better.

Commendations

The 2016 visiting committee commended WESM on the following accomplishments since the 2013 visit:

 

1)WESM has made significant progress on improving school culture and school pride.  

 

2)WESM is developing a more collaborative culture that is leading to improved Professional Learni

Community work for improved student learning  and increased staff buy-in.

 

3) A more positive relationship  exists between the WESM administrative team and all stakeholders.
 
4) Dr. Morrow, the committee chair, commended WESM for its progress in these areas. 

Recommendations

The 2016 visiting committee made the following recommendations:
 
1)The WESM leadership team, with input from all stakeholders, needs to further align their Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) with all WASC recommendations from the 2013 and 2016 visits to unify all stakeholders under a common plan.
 
2) The WESM staff, with support from administration, should continue to strengthen their Professional Learning Community (PLC) work through increased data analysis and the identification of best instructional practices to increase achievement of all students.
 
3) The WESM staff should expand its college and career focus so that students can be more fully aware of all post-secondary opportunities earlier in their academic careers in high school.
 
4) The WESM staff should increase the use of School Loop to increase and improve communication with parents so as to provide more support for the students at home.  

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