爾灣中文學校近期取得Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC )的教育認證, 期限從2015年至2021年,共計六年。
WASC 審查委員會表示, 不論從研究報告或教學視訪問的過程, 爾灣中文學校在各個層面都有許多優秀的表現。審查委員會委員Dr. David L Rose (大衛.羅斯博士)在報告中指出, 爾灣中文學校 “ …課程有效運作, 且獲得教師，學生和家長大力支持。教師皆合格且致力於學習過程和學校的課程理念。學習環境是積極上進的, 對學生在學習的課業及自信上均有明顯的幫助。爾灣中文學校所提供的不但在課程上符合WASC認證過程和持續改進計劃, 審查委員會對於爾灣中文學校從1976年成立至今近四十年的發展感到印象深刻。審查委員會認為, 爾灣中文學校在強而有力的領導團隊, 以及高水平且稱職的行政人員的帶領下, 學校將繼續在教學及教育上有所成就。
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) 是可以提供教育認證的專業機構， WASC也是美國六大區域評審協會之一。 WASC提供了位於加州，夏威夷，關島，北馬里亞納群島聯邦，美屬薩摩亞，密克羅尼西亞聯邦的，馬紹爾群島共和國，斐濟，亞洲的學校，和世界其他地區學校的援助。在加州多數的公私學校均努力取得WASC的教育認證。
- 提供一個透過定期考核, 規劃，實施，監測和重估方法來管理及改變.
通過WASC認證是代表此學校有自信對於高品質學生學習是一個值得信賴的機構, 且它符合或超過委員會對於教學品質, 完整性,效率標準的要求。WASC委員會關注的是學校制度的完整性和其表現是否保持跟委員會的標準和政策一致。 WASC的重點是對學生的學習成果和持續提升學校的教學品質。
South Coast Chinese Cultural Association (SCCCA)/Irvine Chinese School is pleased to announce it has been granted accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Supplementary Education Center/Program through June, 2021.
WASC accreditation denotes excellent quality of instruction offered in the Center/Program which was noted from the Visiting Committee Report. Visiting Committee members, Ms. Elizabeth Oberreiter and Dr. David L Rose, commented on the Report that “…the Program is operating effectively and is strongly supported by teachers, students, and parents. The instructors are highly qualified and committed to the learning process and the school’s philosophy and curriculum. The learning environment is positive and results in student growth both academically and in their self-confidence as learners…the Program is committed to the WASC accreditation process and ongoing program improvement…The Visiting Committee was impressed with the progress the school has made since its founding in 1976. The Committee also believes that with the current strong leadership and highly competent staff that the school will continue to grow both in student enrollment and academic success.”
What is ACS WASC?
The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) is one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States. The ACS WASC provides assistance to schools located in California, Hawaii, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Fiji, Asia, and other parts of the world.
Why is WASC Accreditation important to SCCCA/ICS?
- Certifies to the public that the school is a trustworthy institution of learning
- Validates the integrity of the school’s program and student transcripts
- Fosters improvement of the school’s programs and operations to support student learning
- Assures a school community that the school’s purposes are appropriate and being accomplished through a viable educational program
- Is a way to manage change through regular assessment, planning, implementing, monitoring and reassessment
- Assists the school in establishing its priority areas for improvement as a result of the perpetual accreditation cycle that includes:
- School self-assessment of the current educational program for students
- Insight and perspective from the visiting committee
- Regular school staff assessment of progress through the intervening years between full self-studies.
What are the criteria used to evaluate all schools?
The criteria are research-based guidelines of systemic school improvement that address accreditation’s central tenet: a school operates with a clear understanding of its purpose. The criteria were developed with the assistance of numerous practicing educational leaders and theorists. The objective was to develop a criteria that brought attention to concepts and factors that differentiate between effective and ineffective schools. Since most formal education occurs in an institutional setting, factors that impact institutional effectiveness were considered along with curriculum, instructional strategies and assessment.
What dose it mean to become a WASC accredited school?
Accreditation by ACS WASC is an expression of confidence that an institution is trustworthy for high-quality student learning and that it meets or exceeds the Commission's standards of quality, integrity, and effectiveness. The Commission is concerned with institutional integrity and with performance consistent with Commission standards and policies. ACS WASC is focused on student learning results and continual school improvement and evaluates school on a regular base.