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School Accreditation

School Accreditation

About School Accreditation

Washington State school accreditation began to ensure that the state’s high schools were adequately preparing students for college. It was intended to document high program quality for colleges and for the patrons of Washington’s educational system.

Over the years, the State Board of Education opened the accreditation process to all grade levels. This voluntary, self-study process is a research-based approach to school improvement. It includes active participation and input from staff, students, parents and community representatives.

The school improvement planning process is data-informed, continually impacting student learning so that students have “the opportunity to become responsible citizens, to contribute to their own economic well being and to that of their families and communities, and to enjoy productive and satisfying lives…” RCW 28A.150.210

Operations & Service Area

AESD Service Area

Since 2014, the NWESD has served as the lead organization in the statewide AESD Accreditation process, including maintaining the Accreditation website and online workspace, offering accreditation assistance and support, and providing statewide coordination to set up, facilitate, and assist with school progress throughout the multi-year process.

Benefits of Accreditation

  • Continuous Improvement
  • Support & Value Alignment
  • Collaboration
  • Accountability

Built-in support system

In order to assist schools through the process, the Washington State AESD Accreditation support staff consist of a state accreditation coordinator and accreditation assistant, as well as:

Site review members
Facilitators/Panelists (2018-2019)

The Process: Inquiry, Action, and Improvement