COLLABORATIVE EVALUATION WITH PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS
We actively foster and develop relationships with national and international organizations responsible for the quality of education and school evaluation around the world. This includes Ministries and Departments of Education as well as private national agencies.
As we consider the diverse and unique contexts of our schools and their local regulatory environments, we engage in professional dialogue with a range of governmental and private agencies working with a significant number of CIS schools. If a partner relationship has been established with a specific agency, a school may request that we align our respective evaluations for its benefit and continuous improvement. This alignment may include synchronized on-site visits, keeping to a minimum the time external evaluators are in a school.
On specific request by a school, we will collaborate with national accreditation agencies to carry out joint or synchronized evaluations, including school visits.
Two US accreditation agencies, the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA-CESS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) have agreed to collaborate with CIS in carrying out joint evaluations, using the CIS International Accreditation protocol as one that is philosophically aligned with their own standards and expectations. Joint evaluation means that one Evaluation Team will work in a school using the CIS accreditation protocol, providing a ‘seamless’ process which avoids duplication of effort. Schools choose and contract with both CIS and the collaborating agency, with each agency making an independent decision regarding the conferral of accreditation. If both agencies' decision is positive, the school will achieve dual accreditation.
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA/CESS)
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Synchronized visits involve a combined effort by the two accrediting agencies to share information and reduce the work needed by the school to complete the two separate accreditation protocols. To ease the process for schools requesting such collaboration, both agencies will share information and evidence common to both protocols in order to reduce the work of school staff, and will carry out a combined evaluative visit. Schools choose and contract with both CIS and the collaborating agency, with each agency making an independent decision regarding the conferral of accreditation.
On specific request by a school, and under defined circumstances, the CIS International Accreditation process can be carried out in a synchronized fashion with International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme Evaluations using a specially adapted version of the Evaluation and Accreditation Protocol. NEASC, MSA and WASC also participate in synchronized processes with CIS and the IB.
On specific request by a school following the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) or the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC), the CIS International Accreditation process may be carried out in a synchronized fashion with the IPC/IMYC Self-Review and Accreditation. NEASC, MSA and WASC also participate in synchronized processes with CIS and the IPC/IMYC.
On specific request by a school, the CIS International Accreditation process can be carried out in conjunction with inspection by government-related agencies: NCCT in China (National Center for School Curriculum and Textbook Development) or ONESQA in Thailand (Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment). This process uses an extra set of criteria which covers the specific national context, enabling a school to avoid duplication of effort, and if successful, leads not only to CIS-Accredited status but also official recognition by the national ministry.
CIS and a number of other national entities are actively exploring the possibility of operating a collaborative process if requested by schools. The list includes a number of government ministries, British-style schools associations around the world, and various UK government-recognized inspection agencies. The stage reached in each of these negotiations varies from case to case, and more details will be published if and when collaborative arrangements are finalized.