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-driven, 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)
*School contacts local ESD
*ESD lead meets with school leadership team to describe process and expectations
*ESD team reviews school’s self-evaluation and supporting evidence
*ESD team conducts site visit
*ESD makes recommendation to AESD accreditation committee
*AESD hears reports from the school leadership and ESD
*Accreditation is granted for a six-year period with a review completed during the third year.
*Progress report completed during third year.
The accreditation process supports a long-term vision for a performance-based educational
system that aligns accreditation requirements to the continuous improvement of student learning, achievement and growth. The process provides for collaboration and deep reflection by the school community, for external review and validation of the school improvement plan, and the process that led to its development. It also provides a statement of accountability to the public. Accreditation status is granted for a period of six years if approved.
Contact your regional Educational Service District for more information
360.750.7514 Ext 244
Dr. Andrew Eyres
Olympic ESD 114
North Central ESD 171
Northwest ESD 189
Dr. Kathy Shoop
Puget Sound ESD
Puget Sound ESD
AESD Executive Board
AESD Templates and Documents
AESD Role, Strategic
Plan and Constitution