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Leigh optimistic about WASC reevaluation

by Kaylee Flores, staff writer

On the last week of March WASC will be visiting Leigh once again. The WASC officials will visit on Mar. 26, 27 and 28. During this visit, the officials will meet with the Leigh administration on Sunday. On Monday and Tuesday, they will tour the school and walk into classrooms, talking with students, teachers, and parents.
“The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is one of six official academic bodies responsible for the accreditation of public and private universities, colleges, secondary and elementary schools in the United States and foreign institutions of American origin. All public schools are accredited by WASC and participate in a continuous cycle of improvement. The WASC cycle is always active,” explained Kara Butler, principal.
According to the WASC website, a school with credit must “be worthy of the trust placed in them to provide high-quality learning and clearly demonstrate continual self-improvement.” Now, Leigh has the possibility of the WASC crediting system to be applied to Leigh and restoring the faith to students for their needed college credits. This will allow learning at Leigh to focus more on the students rather than the curriculum itself.
The WASC program is an important part of the school curriculum.
“The WASC accreditation process aids institutions in developing and sustaining effective educational programs and assures the educational community, the general public, and other organizations that an accredited institution has met high standards of quality and effectiveness. The Commission accredits institutions, not individual programs. Therefore, in addition to assessing the academic quality and educational effectiveness of institutions, the Commission emphasizes institutional structures, processes, and resources,” said Butler.
Butler is currently enthusiastic about Leigh’s current WASC situation. Last time the WASC officials were at Leigh, they claimed that Leigh had made no progress as a school.
“Leigh is not being re-evaluated. We are in a probationary period which means we have a progress visit one year from our last visit to determine if we have made adequate progress towards our goals. Based on the work we have been doing, we feel we will get put back on a full cycle which would put our next visit in three years,” said Butler.
The students of Leigh should definitely look forward to WASC teaming up with the high school once again. Students will be able to continue their studies worry-free once Leigh receives the credits it deserves. Ms. Butler will be having tutorials by grade level to inform students about WASC.