Collier County Public Schools was one of the first 100 districts to seek district accreditation through AdvancED, the parent organization of SACS CASI in 2005. Collier County Public Schools was awarded district accreditation though AdvancED in 2007, 2012 and 2017.The school district and all of its schools are accredited by AdvancED, the parent organization for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI.) 2017 Quality Assurance ReviewIn 2018, leading education nonprofits AdvancED® and Measured Progress® came together. With more than a century of experience in accreditation and school improvement and decades of leadership in student assessment solutions, the new organization—Cognia™—brings institutions around the world a new, holistic way to view school performance and student achievement.The Importance of AccreditationFor Students: Cognia Performance Standards define excellence in every aspect of education. These researched-based standards ensure learners are exposed to high-quality education, supporting our mission of college and career readiness. Students that attend an accredited institution, gain greater access to federal loans, scholarships, postsecondary education, and military programs.
For Parents: Accreditation provides a defined set of reserach-based standards and high expectations, which ensure the institutions continuously strive for excellence. When children attend schools that are accredited through a rigorous process, parents can be assured their children are receiving high-quality education.
For Teachers/Staff: Cognia's mission is to impact and inspire education providers to advance and enable pathways of success for all learners. Educators can rely on researched-based standards and a highly qualified peer review process, ultimately ensuring that institutions are setting high expectations to support all teachers and school staff.
For Communities and Businesses: As a result of schools exhibiting educational excellence, communities are viewed as desirable for economic growth and business expansion.
Cognia Domains for Systems
The domains are statements that define the capacity of an organization to provide quality and meet the rigorous demands of continuous improvement. Each domain is defined by standards, which ar research-based statements that describe conditions that are necessary for institutions to support organizational effectivenss and improve student performance.
Domain 1: Leadership Capacity
The capacity of leadership to ensure an institution’s progress toward its stated objectives is an essential element of organizational effectiveness. An institution’s leadership capacity includes the fidelity and commitment to its purpose and direction, the effectiveness of governance and leadership to enable the institution to realize its stated objectives, the ability to engage and involve stakeholders in meaningful and productive ways, and the capacity to implement strategies that improve learner and educator performance.
Domain 2: Learning Capacity
The impact of teaching and learning on student achievement and success is the primary expectation of every institution. An effective learning culture is characterized by positive and productive teacher/learner relationships, high expectations and standards, a challenging and engaging curriculum, quality instruction and comprehensive support that enable all learners to be successful, and assessment practices (formative and summative) that monitor and measure learner progress and achievement. Moreover, a quality institution evaluates the impact of its learning culture, including all programs and support services, and adjusts accordingly.
Domain 3: Resource Capacity
The use and distribution of resources support the stated mission of the institution. Institutions ensure that resources are distributed and utilized equitably so that the needs of all learners are adequately and effectively addressed. The utilization of resources includes support for professional learning for all staff. The institution examines the allocation and use of resources to ensure appropriate levels of funding, sustainability, organizational effectiveness, and increased student learning.