Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association
Thursday, August 16, 2018

OCSAA Resources

Listed below are publically available resources for Catholic schools as well as parents and teachers. Within the Accreditation Dashboard, member schools will find more resources, tips, and recommendations to help in the accreditation cycle.

On This Page:

  • Resource Documents with vital information for schools and the public.
  • Annual Accreditation Schedule with ODE
  • Annual Due Dates for Schools
  • External Validation Team Visit Video for school staff orientation


For the Resource Documents: click a header name to sort by title, category or description. Click again to invert sort order.  

Many of these resources are links to 3rd party Websites, which we cannot continuously monitor. PLEASE REPORT DEAD LINKS HERE.

Resource Documents

 TitleCategoryDescription
OCSAA Standards The official OCSAA Standards document. (PDF)
OCSAA Writer's Guide The "manual" for accreditation for Catholic Schools in Ohio (PDF)
10 Hallmarks of 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Edutopia21st Century SkillsTen experience based Hallmarks of 21st Century Teaching and Learning that can be used as touchstones in the educator's pedagogical approach to teaching and learning.
21st Century Learning - Videos, Articles, Resources, Experts - ASCD21st Century SkillsArticles, Videos, Webinars, Education Update ASCD Express resources
21st Century Learning Article21st Century SkillsThemes, Student Outcomes, Learning and Innovation Skills, Information, Media and Technology Skills, Life and Career Skills
21st Century Skills21st Century SkillsPartner for Successful Learning Website
21st Century Skills and Rubrics21st Century SkillsRubrics adapted from Tony Wagner's Seven Survival Skills (PDF)
4 Essential Rules of 21st Century Learning21st Century SkillsBy Jennifer Rita Nichols. The term “21st century” has become an integral part of educational thinking and planning for the future. Educators and administrators are actively searching for ways to prepare students for the future, and the educational syste
Partnership 21 (P21.org)21st Century SkillsP21 offers various tools and resources to assist educators in fusing the 3Rs and 4Cs. Our tools were developed through a comprehensive process involving hundreds of educators, researchers and employers across the country.
Teaching Strategies: 21st Century educator21st Century SkillsWhat does it mean to be a 21st century teacher? You may have heard the term “21st century” being tossed around in the media referring to what’s cutting edge in education. Beyond being up-to-date with the latest in technology in the classroom, what does a
Tony Wagner's 7 Skills Students Need for the Future21st Century SkillsYou Tube Video (~30 min.)
Tony Wagner's The Global Achievement Gap21st Century SkillsPowerpoint Presentation
12 Must-Read Articles about AssessmentAssessmentTeachThought.com
Education is Changing. It's Time Assessment Caught UpAssessmentStanford Social Innovation Review
Educational Leadership: Informative Assessment AssessmentASCD Article
Gospel Values Across the Curriculum - St. Mary's PressCatholilc IdentityThis article focuses on Catholic identity and asks how schools are fully living it out and celebrating it! Fr. Kevin Richter encourages a broader perspective in which Catholic identity is infused into every aspect of the school.
Critical Thinking RubricsCritical ThinkingStudent Leader Learning Outcomes (SLLO) Project from Texas A&M University
Critical Thinking Testing and Assessment (Online Test)Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking Foundation
Critical Thinking Testing and Assessment GuideCritical ThinkingA Guide for Educators to Critical Thinking Competency Standards from criticalthinking.org (PDF)
Critical Thinking: Barriers and OpportunitiesCritical ThinkingCritical Thinking article from The Alberta Teachers' Association
College and Work Readiness AssessmentCWRAGeared for Students
Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom at Mesquite Elementary SchoolDifferentiated InstructionYou Tube Video
Differentiation and The Brain: A Discussion with Carol-Ann TomlinsonDifferentiated InstructionYou Tube Video
Tips and Strategies for Effective Differentiation and InstructionDifferentiated InstructionYou Tube Video
Gravissimum Educationis: Declaration On Christian EducationFoundational Church Documents For Educators in a Catholic School
Lay Catholics in Schools: Witnesses To FaithFoundational Church Documents Vatican Website article
The Catholic SchoolFoundational Church Documents Vatican Website article
The Catholic School on the Threshold of the Third MillenniumFoundational Church Documents Vatican Website article
The Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic SchoolFoundational Church Documents Vatican Website article
Ken O'ConnorLeading Educator WebsiteWebsite
Ken WillersLeading Educator Website21st Century Principal Website
Marazano ResearchLeading Educator WebsiteHigh Reliability Schools
Rick WormeliLeading Educator WebsiteWebsite
Sir Ken RobinsonLeading Educator WebsiteWebsite
Tony WagnerLeading Educator WebsiteWebsite
Assessing and Analyzing InformationProject Based LearningOnline resource for PBL
Catholic Social Teaching DocumentsSocial Teachingsocial-spirituality.net
Catholic Social Teaching ResourcesSocial TeachingEducation for Justice, a project of Center of Concern, was created in 2001 to help teachers, social action directors, parish members, campus ministers, and others in leadership roles to meet the challenge of sharing Catholic social teaching and bring grea
Major Documents Catholic Social TeachingSocial TeachingFor over 145 years, Catholic Charities has served the poorest and most vulnerable members of our community. We continue to adapt and respond to the needs of the community and focus our attention where it is most needed. With the support of our donors, adv
Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching - USCCBSocial TeachingThe Gospel of Christ and the teachings of his Church guide the work of the USCCB. The work of the Conference is rooted in three general mission goals and organized into three key areas of responsibility.
Social Justice Resource Center - Church DocumentsSocial TeachingThe mission of the Social Justice Resource Center is to link faith to action by providing information & resources on the social issues of our time.
How Education and Technology are Evolving TogetherTechnology in EducationForbes magazine article
How Technology is Changing in the Education SectorTechnology in EducationCNBC Article
How Technology is Shaping the Future of EducationTechnology in EducationBusiness Insider Magazine article
ISTE - Int'l Society for Tech in EducationTechnology in EducationWelcome to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), home to a passionate community of global educators who believe in the power of technology to transform teaching and learning, accelerate innovation and solve tough problems in educat
Technology Topics - Education Week MagazineTechnology in EducationVarious articles - updated often
Use of technology in Teaching and LearningTechnology in EducationUSDOE - Technology ushers in fundamental structural changes that can be integral to achieving significant improvements in productivity. Used to support both teaching and learning, technology infuses classrooms with digital learning tools, such as computer
Education in VirtueVirtue EducationThe Disciple of Christ, Education in Virtue® is a Christian curriculum structured on the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas regarding the virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit. It aims to provide a consistent structure and systematic instruction for youth to
Intellectual VirtuesVirtue EducationEducating for intellectual virtues is an approach to classroom teaching and other educational activities that is aimed at helping students grow in intellectual virtues, which are the deep personal qualities or character strengths of a good thinker or lear
The Virtues Project - EducationVirtue EducationThe Virtues Project™ is a grassroots, global movement that exists on the voluntary efforts and support of individuals and organizations and is primarily spread by word of mouth. This reality makes it essentially a local/regional initiative in spite of its
Virtue Education - Catholic Education Resource CenterVirtue EducationSince its inception, CERC has been compiling an Internet resource library and publishing a weekly E-Letter made up of the most compelling and convincing articles we can find on the big issues in the faith and culture category. CERC is educating a broad ra

Annual Accreditation Schedule with Ohio Department of Education

ANNUAL VERIFICATION OF STANDARDS (AVS) 

Each OCSAA member school shall electronically update the Annual Verification of Operating Standards (AVS) report on the Web Portal by October 31st

Step One - The AVS as recorded on October 31st will be the official list for school compliance/non-compliance for the school year.  The OCSAA Director will submit the list of schools not in compliance to the Commission.  The OCSAA Director shall send letters to the schools indicating that the school has until January 1st to be in compliance with all Operating Standards.  Assistance from the Diocesan Departments of Education should be pursued. 

Step Two - On January 1st, the OCSAA Director shall generate an updated list of schools still not in compliance and submit said list to the Commission.  The Director will recommend to the Commission that the school's status be changed to Conditional Accreditation and any school NOT in compliance by January 31st will have their accreditation revoked.  A letter to schools still not in compliance on January 1st will be sent  to inform schools of this timeline.  The Commission will vote on this action no later than January 31st of each year.

NOTE:  Schools are responsible to be 100% in compliance with all Operating Standards at all times.  It is the school Principal's responsibility to monitor and and to address any expiration and/or non-compliance issues occurring after the October 31st deadline.

Step Three - Once a school is in compliance, after having their accreditation revoked, the school has the opportunity to Appeal before an established Appeals Committee, to be reinstated with Full Accreditation.

Step Four - If a school has its accreditation revoked, representative(s) of the school are accorded the right to appear before the Appeals Committee.  The Appeals Committee shall consist of the Director plus two (2) persons selected from a list of persons approved by the OCSAA Commission.  The school making the appeal to be reinstated shall select one representative from the approved list and the Director shall select one representative from the approved list.  Neither representative shall be from the diocese in which the school making the appeal is located.  The duties of the Appeals Committee are to hear appeals submitted by member schools whose accreditation has been revoked, and to make recommendations regarding reinstatement to the Commission.

In order to be reinstated for accreditation, the procedures to be followed are:

a.  Once the school is in compliance with all Operating Standards, the school may request to have its representative(s) appear before the Committee.  This request must be submitted in writing to the Director.

b.  The Director will notify the representative(s) of time and place of the appeals hearing.  The cost to the school will be $100.00 payable to the OCSAA.

c.  Following the hearing, the Appeals Committee shall submit its recommendations, in writing, to the OCSAA Commission for consideration at the Commission's next regular meeting.  The action of the OCSAA Commission on reinstatement of accreditation and membership, after any and all appeals have been heard, is final.

Step Five - No later than September 30th, the Director shall submit to the Ohio Department of Education the names of OCSAA schools that are in compliance with all OCSAA Operating Standards and the names of schools that are not in compliance with all OCSAA Operating Standards.

Please Note: In accordance with Ohio Administrative Code, failure to implement state-approved Operating Standards may result in the Ohio Department of Education initiating efforts to revoke the school’s charter.


Accreditation Due Dates for Schools

  • October 31 - Annual Verification of Standards (AVS)  and Standard School Survey (SSS) Due (All schools, every year)
  • April 15 - Reports due for Action on Accreditation (Schools in Self Study or Verification phases)
    • Preliminary School Improvement Plan
    • EVT Suggested Actions
    • Response to Suggested Actions
    • Final School Improvement Plan
  • May 1 - Progress Report I or II from schools with reports due

(Deadlines extend to next business day if they fall on weekend.)

External Validation Team Visit - Staff Orientation Video

Schools may use the video below to explain to staff how the EVT process works.