because we desire to learn and to implement a Christian vision of education. This is demonstrated through our regular use of the self-assessment process, identifying 1 or more strategic goals that address Standards not yet in compliance and reporting on our progress each year.
The self-assessment and related tools are still in development mode. IELC 2021 conference participants will receive complimentary access to this platform from February 22 to August 1. We request feedback from this group in preparation for the official launch of CSIP on September 1, 2021.
After September 1, 2021, the platform will be made available to member schools for an additional fee when renewing annual school membership.
Each member of your self-assessment team should represent various members of the school community. Ideally, this would include a school board member, a school leader and a lead teacher with input from other individuals or groups.
The self-assessment is divided into five standards. Each of the standards describes a domain or area of focus for school improvement, and the rationale for including it in the self-assessment process for a Christian school.
Standard 1: Philosophy and Foundations
Standard 2: Leadership and Personnel
Standard 3: Teaching and Learning
Standard 4: Spiritual Formation
Standard 5: Strategic School Improvement Plan
Each standard has 4-6 indicators that identify an aspect of quality for a Christian school related to the standard. The self-assessment involves the school reporting its level of development on each indicator. Each indicator has a related set of four descriptors, presented in a rubric, which the school uses to determine the extent to which its operations are consistent with the indicator.
For each indicator, the self-assessment team reports their school’s level of development as:
Forming: the school recognizes its need to take significant steps in this area.
Developing: the school has taken steps towards quality practice but identifies a significant need for growth in this area.
Maturing: the school has established quality practice in this area and is ready to share their experience with others.
Flourishing: the school has gone beyond the level of quality expressed in the indicator and is contributing to the growth of other schools by sharing their experience and expertise in this area
Identify your team members beginning with 1 of the current users named in your school membership form. User accounts must be set up on the main website with the school code. Your team members are given full access to the self-assessment.
Each of the 5 standards are described here in an overview statement with buttons to view and respond to each indicator within that standard.
The format for completing each indicator provides the indicator at the top with the related descriptors. You must select a stage of growth that best describes your school from the rubric and then you may identify the documents or recent activities from a list of options or you may add your own. This list of evidence is unique for each Indicator and should identify activities from the last 2 years or working documents. Data is then saved for that Indicator in your self-assessment.
If your school is doing a self-assessment for the first time, you may prefer to skip Standards 4 or 5. If you select this option, it means that these Standards will not be addressed in your Report.
After submitting your self-assessment, a report will be generated with recommendations for your consideration. This report will provide a basis for your collaboration with ACSI and our network of schools as we work together to address your needs and provide opportunities to share your strengths with others for mutual growth.
The report you receive, based on your self assessment, will highlight one or two standards as areas that are in need of attention and growth for your school. Select one of these standards to focus on and identify which specific indicators within the standard you wish to address.
Strategic Goals are essential for school improvement. By using your completed Self-assessment and latest Report, you can help your leadership team focus on key areas of needed growth.
After you examine this report, we recommend that you invite a few members of your school community and selected leaders from other schools to view this report and comment on potential strategies for development. This will set a context for your strategic goals and help your leadership team choose the resources and professional development tools to best address those goals. You can use the tools provided here to help you set strategic goals connected to specific indicators that you wish to focus on and update your progress as a team.
Based on your strategic goals, select the professional services available from ACSI and our partners which best help your school meet those goals. You may also add and edit the services which you host or in which you participate.
Services are regularly being added to the system as we develop partnerships with other service organizations. Services can be listed by Standard number and by language group. The default language for services is English until services are available in your selected language group. One additional language group can be added to the listed services for your convenience.
Showing the details of a professional service will bring up the description of the service with the text of its related indicators. You are also able to connect any service to a strategic goal which will help you remember which services you have identified for addressing these goals.
You also have the option to “request a service”, which will notify ACSI of a particular need and initiate a process of identifying how to serve you, either through the ACSI office or one of our partner organizations.
Your “connected services” refers to those services which you have already connected to your strategic goals. “Services we offer” is a listing of the services your school is currently offering to other schools in your region or language group. Member schools are able to add 2 services to this listing each year to promote collaboration and partnership between schools. We provide a Service Development Worksheet to help you think through this process with your leadership team before posting your services here.
Use the platform to record the activities you have undertaken and the progress you have made each year as you work towards your strategic goals. Review your goals and your compliance with relevant indicators.
Monitor, share and celebrate your progress towards your strategic goals as you implement your plan. Review your goals and make adjustments to your plan as needed.
The highest level of school engagement is the peer-review process, which provides accountability through relationships.
You may request a peer-review from a team of school leaders who have completed ACSI approved training for this process. This team will provide verification of your self-assessment and recommend special recognition for your school. This review can be completed in a 1-day visit or in combination with another event or activity hosted by your school.
No portion of the CSIP Standards may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means-mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise-without prior written permission of ACSI Europe.