NAIS is not itself a school accrediting agency. However, a number of accreditation agencies including CIS work together as a Commission on Accreditation under the auspices of NAIS with the aim of ensuring our work is of high quality. The ‘accrediting the accreditors’ process operated by this Commission subjects member agencies to a quality assurance and improvement process similar to that undertaken by schools. Hence, in order to maintain its good standing as a member of the Commission on Accreditation, CIS is required to align with published Standards for Accrediting Agencies and to undergo periodic self-study and evaluation by its peers – namely other bona fide accrediting agencies.
The Council of International Schools is pleased to announce that Victorian Department of Education and School Reform Board in Australia has confirmed that it will continue to endorse the alignment of the CIS International Accreditation process with Department’s school review process. The Department has informed government schools in Victoria that:
CIS Accredited government schools are still required to provide statutory compliance information but are exempted from the state government review processes. Principals of CIS Internationally-Accredited schools responded to this welcome news.
CIS looks forward to working in continued partnership with The Victorian Department of Education and Training.
CIS has 47 members schools in Australia of which 43 are Internationally-Aaccredited and a further three have been awarded CIS International Certification.