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Purpose of Systems Accreditation

The Strategic Plan for Catholic Schools (2013-2016) approved by the Archdiocese of Chicago School Board adopts a school improvement process that leads to district-wide accreditation. This AdvancED accreditation process is used at all levels of education, and is recognized for its ability to effectively drive student performance and continuous improvement. The Systems Accreditation designed for Catholic school systems will align us with the AdvancED Standards and the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools  (National Catholic Standards) recently published through Loyola University Chicago by a Catholic university consortium. This approach to continuous school improvement confirms quality assurance in the systematic review of our educational programs to ensure that acceptable standards of Catholic identity, education, scholarship, and infrastructure are maintained. Each year schools will collect and analyze data, set goals, plan, implement, and evaluate their school improvement efforts. This ongoing continuous review and evaluation of activities leads to authentic school improvement.

Beginning in Academic Year 2013-2014, schools under the governance of the Archdiocese of Chicago will be working to meet the AdvancED Standards and the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools as a system (“district”), developing a common language for school improvement.

Read about our Systems Accreditation in the news here.

Goal: Earn Systems Accreditation in May 2015

In May 2015, the External Review will be completed by a team of highly qualified external peer evaluators who examine the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Catholic Schools' adherence and commitment to AdvancED Standards and the National Catholic Standards. The External Review is a rigorous process that includes review of artifacts, interviews with stakeholders, and observations of instruction, learning, and operations. Commendations and recommendations will be provided.

At the conclusion of the External Review, the schools under the governance of the Archdiocese of Chicago will be awarded Systems Accreditation to include all of our schools. This accreditation distinction is based on a five-year accreditation cycle. Earning Systems Accreditation is not the final destination; the accreditation process is an ongoing journey of meeting standards, engaging in continuous improvement, and demonstrating quality assurance.

School Responsibilities for Academic Year 2013-2014

Download the updated timeline for the Internal Review here.

  1. Create an AdvancED Accreditation Team of 4 to 8 members. Required members are the school principal, the Pastor of the school or a board member if it is an AIM School, and at least one teacher. The AdvancED Accreditation Team is led by a teacher as the Chair.
  2. Participate in training sessions that prepare teams for the Internal Review.
  3. Internal Review- Step 1: Teams will update their School Profile based on the OCS template and accreditation critera on AdvancED ASSIST online platform. This step is completed on or before Friday, September 13, 2013.
  4. Internal Review- Step 2: analyze student performance test scores using the AdvancED Student Performance Worksheet. This step is completed on or before Friday, November 15, 2013 **New Date** Monday, December 16, 2013.
  5. Internal Review- Step 3: administer, collect, and analyze stakeholder surveys. There are three stakeholder groups: students enrolled at the school, parents of students enrolled at the school, and the teachers of the school. The surveys measure Catholic identity, school purpose and direction, school governance and leadership, teaching and assessing for learning, resources and support systems, and using results for continuous improvement. Schools can customize the online and/or paper surveys by adding questions to meet their unique needs. This step is completed on or before Friday, March 14, 2014 **New Date** Friday, February 21, 2014. 
  6. Internal Review- Step 4: school conducts a self-assessment using the AdvancED and National Catholic Standards. This step is completed on or before Friday, April 4, 2014.
  7. Internal Review- Step 5: completion of 12 policy assurances. This step is completed on or before Friday, April 4, 2014 **New Date** Friday, May 30, 2014.
  8. Internal Review- Step 6: school creates the Continuous Improvement Plan for Academic Year 2014-2015. This step is completed on or before Friday, May 30, 2014.
  9. Internal Review- Step 7: school writes the Executive Summary. This step is completed on or before Friday, June 13, 2014.

Questions regarding the Archdiocese of Chicago Systems Accreditation process can be directed to Dr. Jorge Peña, Director of School Improvement and Catholic School Accreditation (jpena@archchicago.org).

  

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Workshop #1- ASSIST Orientation and Overview
 

  • September 9: Vicariate 1- 8:30 am through 11:30 am & Vicariate 2- 12:30 pm through 3:30 pm. Location: St. Mary School, 50 N. Buffalo Grove Rd., Buffalo Grove
     
  •  September 10: Vicariate 3- 8:30 am through 11:30 am & Vicariate 4- 12:30 pm through 3:30 pm. Location: St. Stanislaus Kostka School, 1255 N. Noble St., Chicago 
     
  •  September 11: Vicariate 5- 8:30 am through 11:30 am & Vicariate 6- 12:30 pm through 3:30 pm. Location: St. Sabina Academy, 7801 S. Throop St., Chicago 
     
  • September 12: Make-up Workshop- 12:30 pm through 3:30 pm. Location: Quigley Center, 835 N. Rush St., Chicago

 

Workshop #2- Using Summative Assessments to Measure Organizational Effectiveness
 

  • October 2: Vicariate 5- 8:30 am through 11:30 am & Vicariate 6- 12:30 pm through 3:30 pm. Location: Cardinal Joseph Bernadin School, 9250 W. 167th Street, Orland Hills.

 

  • October 3: Vicariate 3- 8:30 am through 11:30 am & Vicariate 4- 12:30 pm through 3:30 pm. Location: St. Louise de Marillac, 1125 Harrison Ave., La Grange
     

 

  • October 4: Vicariate 1- 8:30 am through 11:30 am & Vicariate 2- 12:30 pm through 3:30 pm. Location: St. Mary Buffalo Grove, 50 N. Buffalo Grove Rd., Buffalo Grove

 

  • October 10: Make-up Session- 12:00 pm through 2:30 pm. Location: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Academy, 720 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago  

 

  • October 11: Make-up Session- 8:30 am through 11:00 am. Location: St. Sabina Academy, 7801 S. Throop St., Chicago

Workshop #3- Overview and Administration of Stakeholder Perception Surveys
 

  • November 5: Vicariate 3- 8:30 am through 11:30 am & Vicariate 4- 12:30 pm through 3:30 pm. Location: St. Stanislaus Kostka School, 1255 N. Noble St., Chicago

 

  • November 6: Vicariate 5- 8:30 am through 11:30 am & Vicariate 6- 12:30 pm through 3:30 pm. Location: St. Benedict the African- Stewart Campus, 6547 S. Stewart Avenue, Chicago

 

  • November 7: Vicariate 1- 8:30 am through 11:30 am & Vicariate 2- 12:30 pm through 3:30 pm. Location: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Academy, 720 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago

 

  • November 8: Make-up Session Open to All- 8:30 am through 11:30 am. Location: School of St. Mary: Upper Grade Center, 185 E. Illinois Rd, Lake Forest

 

Workshop #4- Completing a Comprehensive Internal Self-Assessment

  • February 24: Festival of Leadership. Times: Morning: 9:00 am to 11:00 am and Afternoon- 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm    Location: DoubleTree in Oak Brook, 1909 Spring Road, Oak Brook

 

  • February 25: Session Open to All. Times: Morning- 9:00 am to 11:30 am and Afternoon- 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm.       Location: Cardinal Meyer Center. 3525 S. Lake Park Avenue, Chicago

 

  • February 26: Session Open to All. Times: Morning- 9:00 am to 11:30 am and Afternoon- 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm. Location:  School of St. Mary: Upper Grade Center. 185 E. Illinois Rd, Lake Forest

 

Workshop #5- Developing and Building Goals to Support Improvement Planning
 

  • April 3: Vicariates 1, 2, and 3: Morning- 8:30 am to 11:00 am and Vicariates 4, 5, and 6: Afternoon- 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Location: Quigley Center, 835 N. Rush, Chicago
     
  • April 4: Vicariate 1: Morning- 8:30 am to 11:00 am and Vicariate 2: Afternoon- 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Location: School of St. Mary: Upper Grade Center. 185 E. Illinois Rd, Lake Forest
     
  • April 9: Vicariate 3: Morning- 8:30 am to 11:00 am and Vicariate 4: Afternoon- 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Location: St. John of the Cross School. 708 51st Street, Western Springs
     
  • April 10: Vicariate 5: Morning- 8:30 am to 11:00 am and Vicariate 6: Afternoon- 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Location: Meyer Center. 3525 S. Lake Park Avenue, Chicago
     
  • April 11: Vicariates 1, 2, and 3: Morning- 8:30 am to 11:00 am and Vicariates 4, 5, and 6: Afternoon- 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Location: Meyer Center. 3525 S. Lake Park Avenue, Chicago

    Please complete this survey at the end of the workshop: Workshop Evaluation Survey
  

 Resources Minimize

AdvancED Standards for Quality School Systems

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National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools Download PDF

August 7 Leadership Day Accreditation Presentation

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Student Performance Diagnostic

Step 1. AOC Student Performance Data Document Template Download Document
AOC Student Performance Data Document- Example Download Document
Step 2. Student Performance Evaluative Criteria Download Document
Step 3. Student Performance Diagnostic Questions Download Document

 

Explore Test Score Ranges for Each Quartile

  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
English 1-11 12-13 14-16 17-25
Math 1-13 14-15 16-16 17-25
Reading 1-11 12-13 14-16 17-25
Science 1-14 15-16 17-17 18-25
Composite 1-12 13-14 15-17 18-25

 

Stakeholder Feedback Diagnostic

Step 1. AOC Stakeholder Feedback Data Document Template Download Document
Step 2. Stakeholder Feedback Evaluative Criteria Download Document
Step 3. Stakeholder Feedback Diagnostic Questions Download Document

 

 Self Assessment

Self Assessment Workbook Download Document
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Survey Questions & Indicator Alignment Download PDF
Sample Standard Narrative Download Document

 

 Continuous School Improvement Plan

Continuous School Improvement Plan Process Download PDF
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Continuous School Improvement Plan Process for High Schools Download PDF
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Student On-Track Report Template Download Spreadsheet
Student On-Track Report example Download Spreadsheet
TerraNova Performance Levels- Reading Download PDF
TerraNova Performance Levels- Mathematics Download PDF
Continuous School Improvement Plan Presentation Download Presentation