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The Accreditation Process

AESD Accreditation

A Cycle of Inquiry, Action, and Improvement

Cycle of Inquiry

Preparing for the six-part accreditation process.  Getting ready ensures that the people involved in the accreditation process know and understand the process, how they authentically engage in that process, and how data and research drive their instructional and systemic decisions in service to student achievement. The following reflection questions provide a starting point for a school team to discuss their capacity to be successful through the accreditation process. It is assumed that the school’s vision, mission, and beliefs serve as a decision screen.
Identifying Issues & Collecting Data.  This stage describes the school, its unique qualities and operational procedures. Data helps “tell the story” of the school. The school team collects and reviews a wide variety of data from multiple data sources to support and inform the plan for improvement. Types of data may include: student achievement, demographic, perception, contextual, and trend/patterns. Annual assessment data and any relevant on-going classroom formative assessment data are utilized.
Analyzing Data, Determining Needs, and Setting Goals.  This stage organizes data in a way that helps discover vital information to improve student achievement. Data is integrated and analyzed from a systems perspective to search for deeper understanding and to determine potential relationships.
Reviewing Research Base and Determining Realistic Solutions.  This stage begins with formation of a committee(s) to conduct or review research of best practices for each goal.  The committee(s) will list relevant resources reviewed and highlight major findings to then be shared with stakeholders. The stakeholders will then review and respond to findings, culminating in draft solutions.
Creating a Data-Informed and Achievement-Focused Plan.  The school team reviews and discusses relevant research related to the identified goals, then drafts a broad outline of sequential steps to accomplish the specific goal which is then shared with all stakeholders. A final draft of the plan will be created using input from stakeholders.
Continuous Monitoring and Adjusting.  The school team develops a system of formative and summative assessments with a general timeline. Appropriate stakeholders monitor ongoing data and make recommendations for possible plan adjustments.  Summative data and plan adjustments will be shared with stakeholders.





SIPPR Tool Overview Brief Introduction to the Online Workspace

This short video is intended to provide an overview of the School Improvement Plan/Process Review (SIPPR) Tool, used in the AESD Accreditation Process.

The Online Workspace is a foundational piece of this process.  School teams have a dedicated, secure area online to work through the phases in the SIPPR tool and attach their evidence/artifacts for each phase.  The SIPPR Tool was built specifically for AESD Accreditation and is embedded into the unique, userfriendly online platform. 

This brief video provides a snapshot of what teams can expect from the SIPPR Tool in their Online Workspace.  

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