(This information was excerpted from the official WASC website. Please visit http://www.wascweb.org for more information about the accreditation process.)
What is WASC?
- The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States.
What is the mission of WASC?
- To foster excellence in elementary, secondary, adult and postsecondary education by encouraging school improvement through a process of continuing evaluation and to recognize, by accreditation, schools that meet an acceptable level of quality, in accordance with established criteria.
How does WASC evaluate a school?
- By using the basis of the WASC criteria and the appropriateness of the school's stated purpose, school-wide student achievement goals, and the degree to which it accomplishes these.
- Schools submit a written report providing evidence and analysis of how the evaluation criteria have been met, followed by a visit to the school by a WASC committee.
Why does accreditation matter for students?
- Their credits will be accepted by other accredited schools, whether it is another high school that they transfer to or by colleges during the admissions process.
Why does accreditation matter for GTHS, the district, and the community?
- Proves that we are providing a standard level of quality education to all students.
- Demonstrates that the GTHS staff is committed to analyzing data and implementing changes in order to continue to improve the quality of education provided.
Findings from the 2019 WASC MidCycle Visit
- Grand Terrace HS has established an action plan that is aligned to the critical areas for follow-up as recommended at the conclusion of the last self-study by the visiting committee.
- It is recognized that GTHS has had to make major adjustments due to the decline of student and staff and they continue to focus on student needs.
- The school has built an independent identity unique to its community that manifests as strong school spirit.
- Great effort has been implemented in strengthening school culture through the addition of Link Crew and PBIS.
- GTHS has formed a culture that is diverse and inclusive of all.
- GTHS has made significant strides in the effort to increase rigor across content areas by defining it.
- Collaboration among teachers includes a focus on special populations.
- Progress has been made in initiating the implementation of common benchmark assessments for Math and ELA.
- The Career Center has extended its reach and the College & Career Ready course has been created to improve equity in preparing for post-secondary options.
- GTHS has increased the student-use of technology in learning experiences.
- Student academic discourse and collaborative opportunities are evident in the majority of observed classes at Grand Terrace.
- Overall, it is evident that site administration and staff work as a team dedicated to improving learning outcomes for all students.
- The visiting committee strongly recommends GTHS continue to strengthen students learning experiences through the PLC process as they address the PLC Essential Questions.
- It is suggested that Grand Terrace HS continue to invest time and effort in identifying each content area’s essential standards through the PLC process to ensure access and equity for all students.
- GTHS is encouraged to continue with the alignment of summative and formative assessment to essential learning standards to refine the instructional focus in meeting the learning needs of all students.
- This visiting committee recommends that Critical Area #4: All students will make growth on benchmarks, CELDT, and CAASPP scores focus on 9th grader academic outcomes emphasizing math literacy and ELA literacy.
- Continue to build a schoolwide college-going culture through existing programs and resources, such as AVID, the College & Career Ready course, and the counseling center.
- It is recommended that the mode of communication be evaluated and refined to ensure that the intended audience is receiving messages.
2019 WASC Midcycle Progress Report