It really starts on Sunday afternoon. WASC, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, will be sending a team for our periodic accreditation, and next week we're really supposed to have our shoes shined and our ducks in a row for the visit. Their first team meeting is on Sunday, and they'll also meet our administrators as well as PTSA folks. This way they hit the ground running on Monday morning, and are among us for three days.
I stayed later than I expected to today--a colleague couldn't find her car keys--and now I could hardly be more prepared for the evaluation team. I have examples of student work in a folder all ready for perusal; examples come from each course I teach, and are identified as low-, middle-, or high-performing work. I finished grading all of this week's quizzes and have the grades entered into our online grading program, and also have next week's homework posted on my web site. I wrote next Tuesday's statistics test and am ready to copy it during my prep period on Monday. Monday's agenda is already posted on the whiteboard at the front of class.
I'm about as ready for this WASC visit as I could possibly be. Any bets on whether I'll see a single evaluator? It would be just my luck not to!