DOE testing district-wide accreditation - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

DOE testing district-wide accreditation

Posted: Updated:

Guam is pioneering a new form of accreditation that has piqued the interest of other school districts throughout the nation. Since his first visit to Guam, Western Association of Schools and Colleges executive director Fred Van Leuven says he's seen the Department of Education change for the better.

He told KUAM News, "There have been a lot of dramatic things that have changed here also, I was here, I think it was 2011, I was a commissioner, and I came I went to Sanchez High School as a visit, so that was my first time coming to Guam. And facility-wise, I've noticed some big changes because we've been out at some of the campuses, but the data that's now available to staff and schools has changed dramatically."

But now DOE is looking to make new waves by piloting a district-wide accreditation. "What's unique about this is it's the first pilot that we're doing," explained Van Leuven. "We have some similar things going on in Hawaii, we're doing some minor stuff in California, but this is the first time where we work directly with the district.

Superintendent Jon Fernandez said, "What we're really looking for is let's get some experts outside our system to come and look at what we're doing, and give us their input."

The district accreditation would be a first for WASC - an organization that accredits 4,600 schools in areas throughout the West Coast, as well as internationally. But Fernandez said a bold move needed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Guam schools. "I think the issue is making sure that from the superintendent down to the front lines at the schools, that we are communicating both ways, hearing the needs of our schools and being able to structure a response, whether it's resources or it's a conversation about what we're able to do and what we're not able to do," he shared.

DOE plans to accredit all schools by 2020, three per year, a goal that aligns seamlessly with the Guam Strategic Plan. Fernandez said, "Going into unchartered territory, I think that's where we want to be for Guam Department of Education, we're okay getting out there and trying something different. If it means we have an opportunity to improve our school system."

Although Van Leuven leaves Guam tomorrow after a week-long visit with island schools, he says WASC will return this November, along with interested superintendents from other districts, who hope to see progress with Guam's pilot accreditation process.

  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • Chunggiwa Restaurant, Top Island Restaurant shut down

    Chunggiwa Restaurant, Top Island Restaurant shut down

    Courtesy: Google Street ViewCourtesy: Google Street View

    One Restaurant re-opens, and another closes. Top Island Restaurant in Tamuning was shut down with a grade of D. Public health inspectors found unclean employee practices, and an active roach infestation. Reports say the Person In Charge confirms they have not hired pest control services and apply pesticides on their own. Live roaches were found throughout the kitchen, and the front counter area. While dead roaches were found in the freezer, chillers, kitchen, front counter and dry st...

    More >>

    One Restaurant re-opens, and another closes. Top Island Restaurant in Tamuning was shut down with a grade of D. Public health inspectors found unclean employee practices, and an active roach infestation. Reports say the Person In Charge confirms they have not hired pest control services and apply pesticides on their own. Live roaches were found throughout the kitchen, and the front counter area. While dead roaches were found in the freezer, chillers, kitchen, front counter and dry st...

    More >>
  • Ray Tenorio, Tony Ada make gubernatorial run official

    Ray Tenorio, Tony Ada make gubernatorial run official

    A fifth gubernatorial candidate has now officially submitted his papers to the Guam Election Commission.  As has been long expected, Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio will be vying for the top seat at Adelup. His running mate is former Senator Tony Ada. So far, Tenorio is the lone Republican Gubernatorial hopeful. The team filed Thursday afternoon surrounded by supporters. Tenorio stated, "We believe in embracing everybody and everyone's voice and their consideration. Th...More >>
    A fifth gubernatorial candidate has now officially submitted his papers to the Guam Election Commission.  As has been long expected, Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio will be vying for the top seat at Adelup. His running mate is former Senator Tony Ada. So far, Tenorio is the lone Republican Gubernatorial hopeful. The team filed Thursday afternoon surrounded by supporters. Tenorio stated, "We believe in embracing everybody and everyone's voice and their consideration. Th...More >>
  • GPD: crime on Guam is decreasing

    GPD: crime on Guam is decreasing

    Guam's crime rate is going down - at least this is the trend, according to the Guam Police Department's 2016 Uniform Crime Report which covers years 2012 through 2016. GPD Chief of Police JI Cruz says that although they don't have the ideal number of personnel, they've transitioned from traditional to community policing which has had a positive impact on numbers. "With our strategy of policing and how we've analyzed crime, all things taken into consideration, we do feel that wit...More >>
    Guam's crime rate is going down - at least this is the trend, according to the Guam Police Department's 2016 Uniform Crime Report which covers years 2012 through 2016. GPD Chief of Police JI Cruz says that although they don't have the ideal number of personnel, they've transitioned from traditional to community policing which has had a positive impact on numbers. "With our strategy of policing and how we've analyzed crime, all things taken into consideration, we do feel that wit...More >>
Powered by Frankly