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Cognia, formerly AdvancED, is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that accredits primary and secondary schools and systems throughout the United States and internationally. Using their research-based analysis, engagement review teams are able to help school districts identify areas of strength and potential growth in three overarching domains- Leadership Capacity, Learning Capacity, and Resource Capacity.

During Burke County Public Schools’ recent Accreditation Engagement Review on October 25-27, 2021, a Cognia Engagement Review Team noted several strengths, including a strong and pervasive positive culture built on a shared set of values and beliefs, a clear and consistent curriculum with an intentional focus on literacy, and a system-wide response to the pandemic despite the challenges associated with our large county.

Additionally, the team noted areas of potential growth, including the use of data to leverage improvement along with systematic and systemic processes for all programs and services with common protocols and procedures and formalized evaluation and monitoring.  This information will be vital for BCPS as we strive for continuous improvement in support of our students, families, and community.