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Continuous Improvement and Accreditation

What is it?
Each of Westside’s 12 buildings is fully accredited by the North Central Association under the AdvancEd national network for school improvement. The accreditation of individual buildings is a unique and challenging feature of Westside's approach. Accreditation is awarded every 5-7 years for the work principals and teachers do to improve the learning in their school through the school improvement process.

Continuous improvement is an ongoing process in each building that involves analyzing achievement data, finding strengths and weaknesses, setting goals, and implementing a plan to improve student learning. The plan depends upon the improvement of instruction and professional development for teachers.


The goal of school improvement and accreditation is to improve learning.

How does the continuous improvement process work?

The professional staff in each building conduct an analysis of national, state and district assessments. The analysis reveals strengths and weaknesses in student performance, which provides the basis for the building-wide improvement goals. In turn, teachers work with their colleagues to improve teaching and learning in each classroom. At the heart of the school improvement process is learning for each and every student. Until we have reached each student in each classroom we are not done!

How are schools held accountable for their goals?


All schools are accountable for improving learning every year. Learning data and instructional strategies are monitored throughout the process to determine whether learning has improved. Every 5 years, a visitation team comprised of experts from outside of the District, meet with the continuous improvement teams at each school. The visitation team reviews the school's goals and improvement plans in order to provide feedback on strengths and weaknesses. The purpose of their visit is to evaluate the progress of the improvement plan and offer support and suggestions. The formal visit from an outside team results in recommendations for district and building accreditation by the North Central Association.

School Improvement Goals

Each building uses the continuous improvement process to set building-wide goals for improving student learning. The continuous improvement plan is developed to focus the entire school on the goal using research-based strategies for curriculum, instruction and assessment.  For more detailed information about the plan in each building, click HERE.














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