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Accreditation Strand #2
School Effectiveness & Improvement

Promoting, maintaining, and communicating school effectiveness and improvement

  1. The school maintains a system promoting continuous school effectiveness and school improvement that focuses on student spiritual growth and academic performance, and it aligns all functions of the school with the adopted expectations for student spiritual growth and academic performance. Improvement efforts and activities are prompted and informed by the information obtained through earlier data gathering and by reflecting on and assessing the various components of the school effectiveness and school improvement process.

    The school encourages and maintains communication and collaboration with Board-determined stakeholders/ministry partners to garner their support, understanding, and awareness and to secure their prayer, financial, and other supporting activities for the purpose of advancing student spiritual growth and academic learning for the glory of God.

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    1. School Maintains a Systematic Plan

      The school intentionally maintains a systematic plan for effectiveness and improvement that (a) centrally focuses on the mission and purpose established for the school; (b) maintains an accurate current description of its students, including their spiritual growth and academic performance; (c) measures school effectiveness; (d) establishes and pursues measurable goals focused on student growth and performance; (e) documents and uses objective and verifiable information that the processes yield, highlights major foci for school improvement; and, (f) documents and uses the information to determine what the foci should be for school improvement.

      Artifact School’s Strategic Master Plan
    2. School Identifies 3–5 Focus Areas

      The school identifies 3-5 Focus Areas for special emphasis in the systematic plan that are realistic, obtainable, observable, and measurable.

      Artifact School Improvement Plan (csfla.org console)
    3. School Employs Benchmarked Improvement Plan

      The school employs in the improvement plan a specific and realistic timeline with benchmarks and projected target dates for the completion of identified goals (Action Steps within each Focus Area), which include not only academic, financial, or physical plant goals, but also distinctively Christian objectives — or those features of the school’s intended purpose which distinguish it from the secular schools in the community.

      Artifact School Improvement Plan (csfla.org console)
    4. School Engages Stakeholders in Improvement plan

      The school engages board-defined ministry partners/stakeholders in the process of continuous improvement.

      Artifacts Board Committees Community Resources Parent Aides and Helpers PTF Committees and Volunteers Stakeholder Survey
    5. School Aligns the Improvement Plan with Mission and Vision

      The school aligns the plans for continuous effectiveness and improvement with the mission and purpose of the school and the expectations for student growth and performance. To this end, Focus Areas should address at least one spiritual and one teaching/learning area.

      Artifact School Improvement Plan (csfla.org console)
    6. School Provides Training for Staff in Use of Delivery Systems and Interventions

      The school provides training/professional development for school staff to help them to understand and use delivery systems and interventions to achieve growth and performance goals.

      Artifacts Anonymized staff inservice record sample Hard Copies of Annual Inservicing of Staff School’s Inservice Activities (csfla.org console)
    7. School Maintains and Communicates Data for Accountability

      The school maintains the data gathered and communicates the results to board-determined stakeholders in order to maintain accountability.

      Artifact Results of stakeholder survey report to School Board & community
    8. School Gathers, Evaluates, and Documents Effectiveness

      The school gathers, evaluates, and documents the effectiveness of its continuous process of improvement.

      Artifact School Improvement Plan (csfla.org console)
    9. School Provides Student Progress Information for Stakeholder Involvement

      The school provides ongoing information about students’ expectations, their performance, and school effectiveness that encourages the prayer, financial, and activity support of the ministry partners/stakeholders.

      Artifacts Evidence of specific fundraising efforts or support School Head Reports to Board School News (csfla.org path) School Newsletters
    10. School Creates and Uses Formal Communication Channels

      The school creates and uses formal channels to listen to and communicate with ministry partners/stakeholders.

      Artifacts Evidence of Formal Communication Channels Evidence of parent/teacher conferences Parent/Teacher Association Meeting Minutes and Reports School Board Meeting Agendas, Minutes & Reports
    11. School Solicits Stakeholder Resources

      The school solicits the knowledge, skills, and resources of ministry partners/ stakeholders to enhance the work of the school. The school involves all ministry partners/stakeholders in the process of maintaining and evaluating continuous school improvement.

      Artifacts Evidence of Board Committee Work Evidence of Community Involvement Evidence of PTF, Parent Work
    12. School Employs Reflective Process

      The school employs a process to reflect on its performance collectively and individually in light of the school’s mission and commitment to school improvement and student performance.

      Artifact Evidence of Reflection on School Survey Results in Board/PTF Minutes
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November 2011
Last Edited January 18th, 2038

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