Providing Local Solutions with Statewide Support
ESDs and OSPI share a vision that every student will have access to high-quality education, and that all teachers are prepared and receive the support they need to ensure student success.
Stronger together, the nine ESDs are united in a shared goal – to help all students succeed.
Math, Science and STEM Coordination and Training
Literacy Coordination and Training
Teacher Principal Evaluation Project (TPEP)
Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Training
Student and School Success
Smarter Balanced Assessments
Special Education and Support Services
ESDs lead schools in a powerful and effective accreditation process. In 2015-16, 36 schools from across the state successfully completed AESD’s initial/renewal accreditation process. Since 2005, 144 schools have earned this distinction with the need for services continuing to grow. The AESD Network plans to expand accreditation services in order to meet demand and ensure our state’s high schools are meeting high quality standards.
Washington ESDs serve:
- 1,086,000 Students
- 295 School Districts
- 2,393 Public Schools
- 527 Private Schools
- 9 Public Charter School
- 4 State Tribal Education Compact Schools
The AESD has an accreditation program to accredit Washington State schools. Northwest ESD 189 is the lead agency for accreditations which occur on a six-year cycle.
During the 2015/16 cycle coaches worked with forty-two schools (36 initial/renewal and 6 third-year reviews) throughout the state which were granted AESD Accreditation upon confirmation by a panel of volunteer ESD Board members. There are currently about sixty schools involved in either an initial, renewal, or third year review.
Washington State school accreditation began to ensure that the state’s high schools were adequately preparing students for college. It was intended to document high program quality for colleges and the patrons of Washington’s educational system. It is now open to all grade levels, and is a voluntary, self-study process that is a research –based approach to school improvement.
The accreditation process supports a long-term vision for a performance-based educational system that aligns accreditation requirements to the continuous improvement of student learning, achievement and growth. The process provides for collaboration and deep reflection by the school community, for external review and validation of the school improvement plan, and the process that led to its development. It also provides a statement of accountability to the public.
The six steps for accreditation which is part of a cycle of inquiry, action, and improvements are:
- Getting ready
- Identifying issues & collecting data
- Analyzing data, determining needs and setting goals
- Reviewing research base and determining realistic solutions
- Creating a data-informed and achievement-focused plan
- Continuous monitoring and adjusting.
Legislative Support Services
Professional Support provided by Dr. James Shoemake and Marcia Fromhold
The AESD Executive Board is pleased to have Dr. James Shoemake and Marcia Fromhold providing professional support for our association. Jim retired as Superintendent in Tacoma and also served as superintendent in Mukilteo and in Kansas. He has been an enthusiastic user and supporter of his local ESD and is strongly committed to the value of regional support for local schools. Dr. Shoemake has worked successfully on State policy issues and in the legislative arena and is well prepared to help AESD advance its goals during these critical times.
Marcia Fromhold has served as at administrator at Evergreen School District. She is a respected lobbyist on education issues in Olympia and serves the AESD Network well.
At the April 2007 Business Meeting the AESD membership approved increasing the level of professional support for the association. The Board identified the following areas in which Jim and Marcia will direct their efforts:
- ADVOCACY for ESDs with legislature and State agencies;
- SYSTEM AND ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORT with all ESDs;
- LIAISON with other professional organizations and SPI
- COMMUNICATION, both internal and external, and
- OTHER priorities as identified by the Executive Board.
See Constitution 2016 for a copy of the approved AESD Constitution.
ESD 112, ESD 123, ESD 171, OESD 114 and OSPI have joined together to offer a centralized Professional Development Event Registration System called pdEnroller.
pdEnroller offers users an enhanced system for finding and scheduling professional development events, including:
- Enhanced, attractive look-and-feel
- Simple, intuitive navigation
- Expanded event catalog shared between organizations
- Improved payment system
- Expanded and integrated functionality