GDOE achieves accreditation milestone

Guam Department of Education (PNC file photo)

The Guam Department of Education announced that all 41 schools in the department have been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

This makes GDOE the first school district in the nation to accredit all schools under the organization.

GDOE also became the first district since 2015 to receive a WASC district-level accreditation.

The WASC Accrediting Commission for Schools conducts ongoing six-year cycle evaluations in which schools must demonstrate the capacity, commitment, and competence to support quality education and continued school improvement. Accreditation requires continual self-evaluation, frequent reports, and periodic comprehensive reviews.

GDOE superintendent Jon Fernandez set the goal to accredit all schools back in 2014 and appointed Deputy Superintendent Erika Cruz to lead the effort.

Fernandez currently serves as a WASC Commissioner representing the Pacific Islands. While he participates both as a member of the WASC finance committee and in Commission decisions, Fernandez abstains from any decisions involving the public, charter, and private schools on Guam.