Hawaii Public Schools
The ACS WASC/HIDOE partnership provides a coordinated accreditation system integral to the school improvement process for ALL Hawaii DOE Public Schools K-12. The ACS WASC/HIDOE process is directly aligned with the HIDOE State Strategic Plan and the corresponding Academic Plans of the schools. The ACS WASC/HIDOE accreditation process systematizes and standardizes the ongoing evaluation of a school program and streamlines planning and reporting. The Focus on Learning: Joint ACS WASC/HIDOE Focus on Learning Process Guide facilitates a school’s in-depth look at what currently exists and what needs to be improved in relation to student learning and the school’s program. Through the process the schools evaluate progress in addressing the six priority strategies of the Hawaii State Strategic Plan. These are: the Academic Review Team, Common Core State Standards, Educator Effectiveness Systems; Formative Instruction/Data Teams; Induction and Mentoring; and the Comprehensive Student Support System.
As noted on the Beginning the Accreditation Process page all Public Hawaii schools other than public elementary schools follow the initial visit procedures, utilizing the ACS WASC Initial Visit Procedures Manual for ACS WASC/HIDOE schools.
Elementary School Accreditation: In 2012, the Hawaii State Board of Education approved the Hawaii Department of Education’s five-year plan to accredit all public elementary schools that have not previously been accredited.
Elementary schools are being phased into accreditation over a five-year period so that by Spring 2019 all 159 schools will be accredited. The schools are involved in a special initial visit process and training that is organized into five groups. As of Spring 2015 Group One schools are accredited; School Groups Two and Three are candidates; Group Four schools will have initial visits in Spring 2016; and Group Five schools will have initial visits in Spring 2017.
ACS WASC/HIDOE Focus on Learning, 2013 Edition (Edited SY 2015-2016)
This is an optional template for the school’s Self-Study Report. The Word file includes a template for Chapters I through V of the report, incorporating the criteria indicators and prompts (see below) which form the basis of Chapter IV of the report. Each category of Chapter IV is also available as a separate Word or Google Docs template.
Category A: Word Doc Template | Google Drive (Docs) Template
Category B: Word Doc Template | Google Drive (Docs) Template
Category C: Word Doc Template | Google Drive (Docs) Template
Category D: Word Doc Template | Google Drive (Docs) Template
Category E: Word Doc Template | Google Drive (Docs) Template
Follow-up: Ongoing Accreditation Process
ACS WASC Accreditation Process: Post-Visit Checklist and Ongoing Improvement
Other Visit and Report Materials
- Mid-cycle One-Day Visit: Procedures | School Progress Report Template
- Mid-cycle Two-Day Visit: Procedures | School Progress Report Template
- Probationary Visit: Procedures | School Progress Report Template
- Progress Report: Procedures | School Progress Report Template
- Special Progress Visit: Procedures | School Progress Report Template
- Special Visit: Procedures | School Progress Report Template
- Substantive Changes: Procedures | ACS WASC Substantive Change Form
- Third-Year Progress Report (On-site visit not required): Procedures | School Progress Report Template