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The CSF Accreditation Process

CSF accreditation is an ongoing five-year process for school effectiveness and improvement.

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For schools seeking initial or continued accreditation, the School Effectiveness and School Improvement Process (SESIP) is an ongoing process that both measures and furthers school effectiveness and school improvement.

Over a five-year period, each CSF member school is required to both comply with determined standards of excellent practice (Standards Compliance) and focus its work on the improvement of selected areas (Focus Areas and Action Steps).

A typical five-year cycle is as follows:

Year 1

  • School leadership surveys groups of school stakeholders regarding their evaluation of the school, its environment and processes.
  • School leadership reviews recommendations from the previous peer review team visit.
  • Using surveys and recommendations, school leadership deliberates to formulate three to five Focus Areas for school improvement over the next five years. School Head publishes Focus Areas (SESIP-3).
  • School Head or designated teams report Action Steps (SESIP-4) for the first year of each Focus Area.
  • School leadership promotes school community awareness of Standards Compliance.
  • Designated staff begins to collect student data for analysis.

Year 2

  • School Head completes and submits Year-Two Progress Report (SESIP-1) online.
  • Designated staff updates Action Steps of each Focus Area.
  • School Head or Accreditation Co-ordinator reviews levels for Standards Compliance.
  • Designated staff begins collection of student data
  • Designated staff continues to collect student data for analysis.

Year 3

  • Designated staff updates Action Steps and review Standards Compliance.
  • Designated staff collects and analyzes student data.

Year 4

  • Designated staff updates Action Steps and assign Focus Area teams if not already done so.
  • School Head publishes Standards Compliance report (SESIP-2) and assigns strand teams to evaluate levels of implementation.
  • Designated staff continues to collect and analyze student data.

Year 5

  • School completes forms SESIP-2, SESIP-3, and SESIP-4 online.
  • School collects and reviews documentation of Standards Compliance.
  • School hosts visit by Peer Review Team.
  • Peer Review Team evaluates the school’s processes and publishes PRT-2.
  • Peer Review Team submits PRT-2 and recommends accreditation status to CSF Executive Committee.
  • CSF Executive Committee acts on PRT recommendation.
  • CSF General Membership confirms action of CSF Executive Committee.
  • For schools seeking collaborative accreditation, SESIP-2, SESIP-3, SESIP-4 and PRT-2 are submitted to collaborative accrediting agency by CSF in PDF format.

October 2016
Last Edited February 1st, 2017

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