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Process - 2020 and beyond

A Vision for Learning

For elementary, middle, and high schools hosting Accreditation Teams in the year 2020 and beyond

The NEASC Committee on Public Elementary, Middle, and High Schools - a combination of the former Committee on Public Secondary Schools (CPSS) and Committee on Public Elementary and Middle Schools (CPEMS) - engaged for several years in a purposeful reflection on the value of Accreditation and re-designed the K-12 Public School Accreditation process to better meet the changing needs of member schools. The resulting process, "A Vision for Learning", responds to concerns and suggestions made by member schools by reducing the time required to complete the Accreditation process and by allowing schools to align the process to existing school improvement efforts.

The key components of the process are:

  • a Self-Reflection completed by the school
  • a Collaborative Conference held with a small team of peer educators
  • the development and implementation of a school growth plan
  • a reflective summary report completed by the school
  • a personalized Decennial Accreditation visit

Resources for "A Vision for Learning"

The Accreditation Process

PDF icon Accreditation Handbook (pdf) - for use by the Steering Committee

Self Reflection Guide (pdf) - for use by the Self-Reflection Committee

Decennial Visit Materials for Spring 2020 Schools

Accreditation Visit Handbook (pdf) - for Spring 2020 Schools

Accreditation Visit Training Slides (pdf) - for Spring 2020 Schools




Preparing for an Accreditation Team Visit​

The Commission's professional staff members provide Evaluation Seminars to help schools preparing to host an Accreditation Team Visit. Schools will receive an invitation to participate approximately four to six months prior to their scheduled visit. These seminars are designed to provide information — beyond the Accreditation Handbook — that is critical to helping schools host successful visits.