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Chapter 180-55 WAC

Last Update: 11/2/06

PRIVATE SCHOOL ACCREDITATION

WAC Sections

HTMLPDF180-55-005Purpose and authority.
HTMLPDF180-55-015Definitions.
HTMLPDF180-55-017Criteria for state board of education recognition of accrediting bodies.
HTMLPDF180-55-020Prerequisite to application for accreditation by approved private schools—Types of accreditation—Conditions—Effective periods—Administration of accreditation procedures.
DISPOSITION OF SECTIONS FORMERLY CODIFIED IN THIS TITLE
180-55-010Intent and purposes. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6). WSR 91-01-068, § 180-55-010, filed 12/14/90, effective 1/14/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120(4). WSR 84-11-050 (Order 8-84), § 180-55-010, filed 5/17/84; WSR 81-08-027 (Order 2-85), § 180-55-010, filed 3/26/81.] Repealed by WSR 02-18-056, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220(4), 28A.305.140, 28A.305.130(6).
180-55-025Types of accreditation—Conditions—Effective periods. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6). WSR 91-01-068, § 180-55-025, filed 12/14/90, effective 1/14/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120(4). WSR 81-08-027 (Order 2-85), § 180-55-025, filed 3/26/81.] Repealed by WSR 02-18-056, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220(4), 28A.305.140, 28A.305.130(6).
180-55-030Administration of accreditation procedures. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6). WSR 91-01-068, § 180-55-030, filed 12/14/90, effective 1/14/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120(4). WSR 81-08-027 (Order 2-85), § 180-55-030, filed 3/26/81.] Repealed by WSR 02-18-056, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220(4), 28A.305.140, 28A.305.130(6).
180-55-034Temporary extension of accreditation status. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220(4), 28A.305.140, and 28A.305.130(6). WSR 04-04-093, § 180-55-034, filed 2/3/04, effective 3/5/04; WSR 02-18-056, § 180-55-034, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02.] Repealed by WSR 05-04-016, filed 1/24/05, effective 2/24/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220(4), 28A.305.140, and 28A.305.130(6).
180-55-035Validation of accreditation activities. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6). WSR 91-01-068, § 180-55-035, filed 12/14/90, effective 1/14/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120(4). WSR 81-08-027 (Order 2-85), § 180-55-035, filed 3/26/81.] Repealed by WSR 02-18-056, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220(4), 28A.305.140, 28A.305.130(6).
180-55-040Self-study—Approval to participate. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120(4). WSR 81-08-027 (Order 2-85), § 180-55-040, filed 3/26/81.] Repealed by WSR 91-01-068, filed 12/14/90, effective 1/14/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6).
180-55-045Self-study—Types. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120(4). WSR 81-08-027 (Order 2-85), § 180-55-045, filed 3/26/81.] Repealed by WSR 91-01-068, filed 12/14/90, effective 1/14/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6).
180-55-050Self-study—Common guidelines. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6). WSR 91-01-068, § 180-55-050, filed 12/14/90, effective 1/14/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120(4). WSR 84-11-050 (Order 8-84), § 180-55-050, filed 5/17/84; WSR 81-08-027 (Order 2-85), § 180-55-050, filed 3/26/81.] Repealed by WSR 02-18-056, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220(4), 28A.305.140, 28A.305.130(6).
180-55-055Self-study—Input/standards assessment. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120(4). WSR 81-08-027 (Order 2-85), § 180-55-055, filed 3/26/81.] Repealed by WSR 91-01-068, filed 12/14/90, effective 1/14/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6).
180-55-060Self-study—Process/outcomes analysis. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120(4). WSR 81-08-027 (Order 2-85), § 180-55-060, filed 3/26/81.] Repealed by WSR 91-01-068, filed 12/14/90, effective 1/14/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6).
180-55-065Self-study—Self-designed. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120(4). WSR 81-08-027 (Order 2-85), § 180-55-065, filed 3/26/81.] Repealed by WSR 91-01-068, filed 12/14/90, effective 1/14/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6).
180-55-070Standards—General conditions. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6). WSR 91-01-068, § 180-55-070, filed 12/14/90, effective 1/14/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120(4). WSR 81-08-027 (Order 2-85), § 180-55-070, filed 3/26/81.] Repealed by WSR 02-18-056, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220(4), 28A.305.140, 28A.305.130(6).
180-55-075Standards—Elementary and secondary—Professional preparation of staff. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6). WSR 91-01-068, § 180-55-075, filed 12/14/90, effective 1/14/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120(4). WSR 81-08-027 (Order 2-85), § 180-55-075, filed 3/26/81.] Repealed by WSR 02-18-056, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220(4), 28A.305.140, 28A.305.130(6).
180-55-080Standards—Elementary and secondary—Guidance services. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6). WSR 91-01-068, § 180-55-080, filed 12/14/90, effective 1/14/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120(4). WSR 81-08-027 (Order 2-85), § 180-55-080, filed 3/26/81.] Repealed by WSR 02-18-056, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220(4), 28A.305.140, 28A.305.130(6).
180-55-085Standards—Elementary and secondary—School health services. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6). WSR 91-01-068, § 180-55-085, filed 12/14/90, effective 1/14/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120(4). WSR 81-08-027 (Order 2-85), § 180-55-085, filed 3/26/81.] Repealed by WSR 02-18-056, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220(4), 28A.305.140, 28A.305.130(6).
180-55-090Standards—Elementary and secondary—Textbook and supplementary reference materials. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6). WSR 91-01-068, § 180-55-090, filed 12/14/90, effective 1/14/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120(4). WSR 81-08-027 (Order 2-85), § 180-55-090, filed 3/26/81.] Repealed by WSR 02-18-056, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220(4), 28A.305.140, 28A.305.130(6).
180-55-095Standards—Elementary and secondary—Equipment and materials. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6). WSR 91-01-068, § 180-55-095, filed 12/14/90, effective 1/14/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120(4). WSR 81-08-027 (Order 2-85), § 180-55-095, filed 3/26/81.] Repealed by WSR 02-18-056, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220(4), 28A.305.140, 28A.305.130(6).
180-55-100Standards—Elementary and secondary—Facilities. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6). WSR 91-01-068, § 180-55-100, filed 12/14/90, effective 1/14/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120(4). WSR 81-08-027 (Order 2-85), § 180-55-100, filed 3/26/81.] Repealed by WSR 02-18-056, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220(4), 28A.305.140, 28A.305.130(6).
180-55-105Standards—Elementary—Program offerings. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6). WSR 91-01-068, § 180-55-105, filed 12/14/90, effective 1/14/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120(4). WSR 81-08-027 (Order 2-85), § 180-55-105, filed 3/26/81.] Repealed by WSR 02-18-056, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220(4), 28A.305.140, 28A.305.130(6).
180-55-110Standards—Elementary—Number and time assignment of personnel. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6). WSR 91-01-068, § 180-55-110, filed 12/14/90, effective 1/14/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120(4). WSR 81-08-027 (Order 2-85), § 180-55-110, filed 3/26/81.] Repealed by WSR 02-18-056, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220(4), 28A.305.140, 28A.305.130(6).
180-55-115Standards—Elementary—Instructional and learning resources. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6). WSR 91-01-068, § 180-55-115, filed 12/14/90, effective 1/14/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120(4). WSR 81-08-027 (Order 2-85), § 180-55-115, filed 3/26/81.] Repealed by WSR 02-18-056, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220(4), 28A.305.140, 28A.305.130(6).
180-55-120Standards—Secondary—Unit of credit. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6). WSR 91-01-068, § 180-55-120, filed 12/14/90, effective 1/14/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120(4). WSR 81-08-027 (Order 2-85), § 180-55-120, filed 3/26/81.] Repealed by WSR 02-18-056, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220(4), 28A.305.140, 28A.305.130(6).
180-55-125Standards—Secondary—Minimum program offerings. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6). WSR 91-01-068, § 180-55-125, filed 12/14/90, effective 1/14/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120 (4) and (8). WSR 82-04-002 (Order 1-82), § 180-55-125, filed 1/21/82. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120(4). WSR 81-08-027 (Order 2-85), § 180-55-125, filed 3/26/81.] Repealed by WSR 02-18-056, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220(4), 28A.305.140, 28A.305.130(6).
180-55-130Standards—Secondary—Number and time assignment of personnel. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6). WSR 91-01-068, § 180-55-130, filed 12/14/90, effective 1/14/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120(4). WSR 81-08-027 (Order 2-85), § 180-55-130, filed 3/26/81.] Repealed by WSR 02-18-056, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220(4), 28A.305.140, 28A.305.130(6).
180-55-135Standards—Secondary—Instructional and learning resources. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6). WSR 91-01-068, § 180-55-135, filed 12/14/90, effective 1/14/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120(4). WSR 81-08-027 (Order 2-85), § 180-55-135, filed 3/26/81.] Repealed by WSR 02-18-056, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220(4), 28A.305.140, 28A.305.130(6).
180-55-150Standards and criteria study and report. [Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220(4), 28A.305.140, 28A.305.130(6). WSR 02-18-056, § 180-55-150, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02.] Repealed by WSR 04-04-093, filed 2/3/04, effective 3/5/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220(4), 28A.305.140, and 28A.305.130(6).


PDF180-55-005

Purpose and authority.

(1) Purpose. The provision of school accreditation procedures for approved private schools by the state board of education is designed to serve the following purposes:
(a) Support the state board's long-term vision of a performance-based education system by aligning school accreditation requirements to continuous improvement of student learning, achievement, and growth;
(b) Promote educational excellence and equity for every student through enhancement of the quality and effectiveness of the school's educational program in safe and supportive learning environments;
(c) Promote staff growth and commitment to the learning of every student;
(d) Build stronger links with families, parents, and the community by reaching consensus about educational expectations through family, parent, and community involvement;
(e) Provide a statement of accountability to the public; and
(f) Validate effective practices and positive impacts on student learning in private schools through an external appraisal process.
(2) Authority. The authority for this chapter is RCW 28A.305.130(5).
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6), 28A.150.220(4), and 28A.305.140. WSR 06-23-012, § 180-55-005, filed 11/2/06, effective 12/3/06; WSR 05-08-015, § 180-55-005, filed 3/28/05, effective 4/28/05; WSR 04-04-093, § 180-55-005, filed 2/3/04, effective 3/5/04; WSR 02-18-056, § 180-55-005, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6). WSR 91-04-015, § 180-55-005, filed 1/28/91, effective 2/28/91. Statutory Authority: 1990 c 33. WSR 90-17-009, § 180-55-005, filed 8/6/90, effective 9/6/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120(4). WSR 81-08-027 (Order 2-85), § 180-55-005, filed 3/26/81.]



PDF180-55-015

Definitions.

(1) An "accredited school" is a state board of education approved private school that meets statutory requirements and rules established by the state board of education, and one that has satisfactorily completed the accreditation procedures described by the state board of education pursuant to RCW 28A.305.130(5) and WAC 180-55-005 through 180-55-020.
(2) "Approved private school" shall mean a school approved by the state board of education pursuant to chapter 28A.195 RCW and chapter 180-90 WAC.
(3) "Accredited" status shall be assigned to state board of education approved private schools that:
(a) Complete and meet fully state board of education requirements for accreditation as described in WAC 180-55-020; or
(b) Participate and qualify in accordance with standards and procedures established by accrediting bodies or processes recognized by the state board of education.
(4) "School improvement plan" shall mean the same as described under WAC 180-16-220 (2)(b) and (d).
(5) "Continuous improvement process" shall mean the ongoing process used by a school to monitor, adjust, and update its school improvement plan.
(6) "Self-review" shall mean the same as described under WAC 180-16-220 (2)(c).
(7) "Appraisal" shall mean an objective, external appraisal of a school's self-review activities and school improvement plan pursuant to WAC 180-55-020(5).
(8) "Recognized accrediting body" shall mean an organization recognized by the state board of education and listed on the state board web site.
(9) "Recognized accrediting process" shall mean the state board of education process managed through the educational service districts for approved private schools.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6), 28A.150.220(4), and 28A.305.140. WSR 06-23-012, § 180-55-015, filed 11/2/06, effective 12/3/06; WSR 05-08-015, § 180-55-015, filed 3/28/05, effective 4/28/05; WSR 04-04-093, § 180-55-015, filed 2/3/04, effective 3/5/04; WSR 02-18-056, § 180-55-015, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6). WSR 91-04-015, § 180-55-015, filed 1/28/91, effective 2/28/91. Statutory Authority: 1990 c 33. WSR 90-17-009, § 180-55-015, filed 8/6/90, effective 9/6/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120(4). WSR 84-11-050 (Order 8-84), § 180-55-015, filed 5/17/84; WSR 81-08-027 (Order 2-85), § 180-55-015, filed 3/26/81.]



PDF180-55-017

Criteria for state board of education recognition of accrediting bodies.

(1)(a) A recognized accrediting body shall meet the definition of such pursuant to WAC 180-55-015(8).
(b) Accrediting bodies recognized by the state board of education shall verify that standards for approved private schools seeking accreditation through them meet or exceed the school accreditation standards pursuant to WAC 180-16-220.
(c) Accrediting bodies recognized by the state board of education for the specific purpose of accrediting state board approved private schools, prior to being considered by the state board for recognition, shall have their accreditation standards verified for compliance under (b) of this subsection by a private school advisory committee established by the superintendent of public instruction. If verified, the committee may recommend the accrediting body to the state board for recognition.
(d) A list of recognized accrediting bodies will be maintained on the web site of the state board of education.
(2) Private schools must be approved by the state board of education prior to being recommended by a state board of education recognized accrediting body or process for state accreditation consideration.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6), 28A.150.220(4), and 28A.305.140. WSR 06-23-012, § 180-55-017, filed 11/2/06, effective 12/3/06; WSR 05-08-015, § 180-55-017, filed 3/28/05, effective 4/28/05.]



PDF180-55-020

Prerequisite to application for accreditation by approved private schools—Types of accreditation—Conditions—Effective periods—Administration of accreditation procedures.

(1) Certification by the state board of education of compliance with private school approval requirements under chapter 28A.190 RCW and chapter 180-90 WAC shall be prerequisite to a private school's application to the state board of education for accreditation under WAC 180-55-015 (3)(b).
(2) Standard accreditation - six years, shall be granted to an approved private school after a satisfactory external appraisal of the school's self-review activities and school improvement plan, and approval by the state board of education of the appraisal findings and recommendations by the external site appraisal team.
(3) Conditional accreditation - one year, for an approved private school where the external appraisal identifies omissions, inaccuracies or weaknesses in the building's self-review activities, or school improvement plan or continuous improvement process.
(4) Application. Application for school accreditation shall be made to the state board of education or other body or entity designated by the state board of education. Such application shall be submitted jointly by the appropriate officials of the private school and governing board, in accordance with procedures and timelines established by the state board of education.
(5)(a) External appraisal. The state board of education, or other body or entity designated by the state board of education, shall direct an external appraisal process for approved private school accreditation purposes. The state board may place yearly limits on the number of schools that may participate in the external appraisal process using the state board accreditation option. The external appraisal shall be conducted by persons external to the approved private school. The external site appraisal team shall include, but is not limited to, certificated teachers and administrators who may earn continuing education clock hours pursuant to WAC 180-85-033(2).
(b) The external appraisal shall focus on the provisions of WAC 180-16-220 (2)(b), (c) and (d), and 180-55-005(1). The appraisal shall focus on an analysis of the school's self-review activities, the school's improvement plan and its progress and impact, in particular relating to WAC 180-55-005 (1)(c), and the school's continuous improvement process.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6), 28A.150.220(4), and 28A.305.140. WSR 06-23-012, § 180-55-020, filed 11/2/06, effective 12/3/06; WSR 04-04-093, § 180-55-020, filed 2/3/04, effective 3/5/04; WSR 02-18-056, § 180-55-020, filed 8/28/02, effective 9/28/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130(6). WSR 91-01-068, § 180-55-020, filed 12/14/90, effective 1/14/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120(4). WSR 84-11-050 (Order 8-84), § 180-55-020, filed 5/17/84; WSR 81-08-027 (Order 2-85), § 180-55-020, filed 3/26/81.]