Brevard Public Schools Earns Prestigious Cognia System Accreditation
Viera, FL – Brevard Public Schools announced today that the district has earned system accreditation by Cognia™, a nonprofit organization that provides quality assurance for schools, school districts, and education service providers.
Cognia, formerly AdvancED, nationally recognizes districts that meet rigorous standards that focus on productive learning environments, equitable resource allocation that meet the needs of learners, and effective leadership. Earning accreditation from the Cognia Global Accreditation Commission means that the system and all its schools are accredited and that Brevard Public Schools is recognized across the nation as a school system that meets Cognia Standards of Quality and maintains a commitment to continuous improvement.
On a scale of 100 – 400, BPS scored 345.81 points on Cognia’s Index of Educational Quality which is well above the average score for educational institutions of 280. During the last accreditation process in 2016, BPS scored 250 points.
“Systems accreditation as conferred by the Cognia Global Accreditation Commission provides Brevard Public Schools a nationally recognized mark of quality for our school system and each school within our system,” shared Dr. Mark Mullins, Superintendent for Brevard Public Schools. “It demonstrates to our community our commitment to excellence, our openness to external review and feedback, and our desire to be the best we can be on behalf of the students we serve.”
CLICK HERE to watch the accreditation presentation from the June 22nd board meeting.
To earn accreditation from Cognia, a school district also must implement a continuous process of improvement, and submit it to internal and external review. School systems in good standing can maintain their accreditation for a five-year term.
Cognia’s feedback includes:
- “Active and informed leadership by the (school) board”
- “Structures are in place to engage stakeholders in a variety of ways.”
- “Parents indicated a strong trust element has been built with the community.”
- “A strong commitment to vision and mission were evident to the Review Team in all interaction.”
- “The strategic plan emphasizes the need to meet the needs of every student.”
Dr. Mark A. Elgart, president, and CEO of Cognia stated, “Cognia System Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school system and its community on the primary goal of preparing lifelong learners in engaging environments where all students can flourish. Brevard Public Schools is to be commended for demonstrating that it has met high standards, is making progress on key indicators that impact student learning.”
Cognia is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). Parents and interested community members can learn more about the Cognia Accreditation at cognia.org.
Cognia offers accreditation and certification, assessment, professional learning, and improvement services to institutions and other education providers. The result of the merger of AdvancED and Measured Progress, Cognia was formed to bridge the gap between school evaluation and student assessment. As a global nonprofit working in over 80 countries, our 36,000 institutions serve and support nearly 25 million students and five million educators every day. Cognia serves as a trusted partner in advancing learning for all learners. Find out more at cognia.org.
About Brevard Public Schools
Brevard Public Schools is the 49th largest district in the U.S. and the 9th largest district in Florida. As the largest employer in Brevard County, BPS employs approximately 9,300 staff members serving over 73,000 students annually. With 85 schools, 10 specialty centers, and 12 charter schools, the district educates its students in 17 different municipalities across the Space Coast. Brevard Public School's goal is to serve our community and enhance students' lives by delivering the highest quality education in a culture of dedication, collaboration, and learning.