CPS embarked on the reaccreditation self-study in 2019, which is central to CPS' accreditation by the Middle States Association ‐ Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. There are a few different processes (protocols) available to schools as they engage in the reaccreditation process. CPS has selected Excellence by Design (EBD) as our accreditation protocol. An important step in this process is measuring our current reality relative to 12 Middle States Standards for Accreditation. These standards and indicators take a holistic look at our entire school program, resources, and its environment from the perspective of all of the school’s stakeholders—parents, students, staff, alumni, and others. In order to be accredited, the school must meet or exceed the 12 Middle States Standards for Accreditation.
Schools use the accreditation process to demonstrate they are meeting a defined set of research-based performance standards. The goal is to gather as much data and input as possible, examine -- or “self-study”-- the school in a holistic way, and then chart a course for continuous school improvement.
WHAT IS ACCREDITATION?
Educational accreditation is a type of quality assurance process under which services and operations of educational institutions or programs are evaluated and verified by an external body to determine if applicable and recognized standards are met.