Do The WASC Thing

Update No. 1 on WASC Visit

WASC is Coming!

The WASC Visiting Committee will be visiting Chula Vista High School from April 19-22, 2015. That's two weeks away!

The Committee will be verifying the content of our WASC report (also known as the WASC Self-Study). They will be speaking with all staff (in focus groups), students, parents, and District personnel. They will be verifying the information garnered through the report and interviews by visiting ALL classrooms. The Visiting Committee will see if we are doing all we can to ensure the achievement of ALL students and if we are working to improve our services to students.

This newsletter is the first in a series designed to help you prepare for the WASC visit. Company is coming, the company is VIP because they do recommend the granting of accreditation, which allows us to grant diplomas that matter.

Let's do the WASC thing...

Update on Our WASC Report

A PDF copy of the completed WASC report (minus the appendix) has been E-mailed to all staff. The report if 4 gigabytes (it's BIG!) so please download and save the report to your Google Drive (or Cloud, or Document File, or get the drift) so you can delete the E-mail. If you did not receive it, please let me know so I can E-mail it to you. Certain sections of the appendix, for your reference, will be E-mailed separately.
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WASC Basics Review

  • WASC stands for Western Association of Schools and Colleges. This organization is responsible for granting accreditation for high schools on the West Coast.
  • Accreditation signifies to the public that a school provides a quality education to its students and that it is making an effort towards achievement for all student groups.
  • Chula Vista High School was visited in 2009 and was awarded a three-year accreditation. This resulted in another visit in 2012. That last visit resulted in the awarding of the remainder of a six-year accreditation.
  • We are aiming for a six year accreditation. Our next visit will be from Sunday, April 19, to Wednesday, April 22.
  • To get a six-year accreditation, the visiting committee must be able to validate what has been written in our self-study, i.e., what we say is happening at the school is what is happening. The validation will come from classroom visits, conversations with Focus Groups, parents, and students. We should also be able to show that we are cognizant of our areas for improvement and that we have a doable plan to address our areas of improvement.

Physical Preparation for the Visit

The WASC Visiting committee intends to visit EVERY classroom/teacher from Monday-Wednesday of the visit. Needless to say, the committee members want to see teachers in action. Monday is Intervention Monday--how do you structure this day for enrichment and/or Intervention? How are students grouped thoughtfully? How are activities decided that day? Teachers, please start thinking about your plans for that time period. The last thing committee members want to see in the classroom during these three days is student testing.

Our instructional foci has been the common core, DLT, Academic Language, Structured Student Interaction, and Collaboration. How are these reflected in your lessons? Your students should be able to say that these are routine for your classes, not something new.

The WASC Visiting Committee members will expect to see recent student work (not older than 30 days) up on each classroom wall.

Company is coming...our school needs to shine. Our classrooms need to be environments suitable for learning. Not sterile or barren, but not too stimulating either. Classroom walls need to be purposeful--recent student work, word walls, subject matter posters illustrating concepts students can refer back to are a few examples.

Mrs. Marcia Bristol will be updating many of the display cabinets, the Learning Lab, and the Visiting Committee Workroom. If you have extra students work that will not be displayed in your classroom, please be ready to surrender these to her when she asks. We are not only looking for artistic projects, we are also in need of writing assignments.

The WASC Process for CVHS: A Recap

  • We began our journey in December 2013 with an introduction to WASC.
  • CIS Coordinator Becky Bravo initially served as the school's WASC Coordinator.
  • In January 2014, we revisited our Mission statement. From there, we determined our Student Learner Outcomes (SLO's).
  • We looked at different data. From these data and SLO's, we determined our Critical Learner Needs.
  • The staff met in Home groups (departments/PLC's) and Focus Groups (cross curricular groups organized into the following groups) to answer WASC prompts addressing the different aspects of the school: Organization/Leadership, Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, Culture/Support.
  • Focus Groups determined the strengths in each area and ranked the areas of need.
  • The action plan areas were determined by the Leadership Team examining the prioritized areas of need from each focus group and considering our areas of critical need.
  • Once determined, departments gave input on the action plan steps. The Leadership Team used this input in the creation of the action plan.
  • Our action plan is aligned to our Single Plan for Student Achievment (SPSA).
  • Our WASC Coordinator met with parent, classified, and student groups separately to get their input for the self-study.
  • We had a change of coordinators in the middle of the self-study process when our previous coordinator was promoted to Assistant Principal at one of our other high schools in the district. Debbie Nevin is now serving as our WASC Coordinator.