Paving the Way for Potential

Educators are passionate about providing opportunities for all students to thrive. As educators ourselves, we share that passion. That’s why we connect professionals around the world in a community that learns, grows, and improves—together.

This powerful communityand the perspective it bringsenhances our professional practice so we can bring you proven solutions that improve school quality. 

What is Cognia

We are a global network of enthusiastic educators here to help you strengthen your schools. Our holistic approach to continuous improvement encompasses accreditation and certification, assessment, professional learning, and customized improvement services. Like you, we want all students to have the opportunities that knowledge brings. Are you ready to lead your education community to new levels?

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A new approach to professional learning
A new approach to professional learning
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Leader Chat: Mastering Yourself…So You Can Master Your World with Dr. Craig Dowden
Leader Chat: Mastering Yourself…So You Can Master Your World with Dr. Craig Dowden
If you are interested in learning more and developing yourself as a leader and don’t know Craig Dowden, you must. His work and ...
The Source: A digital magazine focused on education thought leadership
The Source: A digital magazine focused on education thought leadership
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We know schools because we’re in schools

Our global network of educators guides you to diagnose challenges and implement change.

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Your success is our mission

Cognia is a forward thinking nonprofit organization with a singular focus on improving educational opportunities for all learners. When you work with us, you can expect:

  • Unmatched expertise to help you achieve visionary goals
  • Fresh perspectives to help you link student and school performance
  • Insights from a global network of educators
  • Services and solutions backed by research

Who we serve

We serve education providers of all types, including public, private, early learning, digital, and charter schools as well as State Education Agencies (SEAs). The impact of our accreditation, assessment, and improvement services reaches around the globe.

Your partner in education

Our expertise spans a wide range of educational issues. But when it comes to what’s most important in your school or region, you’re the authority. That’s why we partner with you to help reach your goals.




Be inspired

Districts and schools across the U.S. and around the world use Cognia solutions to help all learners realize their potential. Read their stories.

Design for Improvement: The Case for a New Accountability System
Stories that Matter

Design for Improvement: The Case for a New Accountability System

For next-generation accountability, states need to introduce curriculum-based interim assessments, external review of schools, and focus on continuous improvement to end the time-wasting and guesswork of a flawed school accountability system and shift SEAs from test administrators to improvement coaches.
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Memphis-Shelby County Schools: Empowering Education in Tennessee
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Memphis-Shelby County Schools: Empowering Education in Tennessee

Memphis-Shelby County, TN
Relentless and trusted partnerships helped two schools located on the northside of Memphis exit school improvement status for the first time in 15 years.
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Shaping Tomorrow’s Achievers
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Shaping Tomorrow’s Achievers

LLE Education Group and Cognia partner to elevate early childhood education.
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Loyola Academy’s Century-plus Partnership with Cognia
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Loyola Academy’s Century-plus Partnership with Cognia

Loyola Academy, a Catholic, Jesuit college preparatory high school on the North Shore of Chicago, formed an accreditation partnership with Cognia that has lasted for more than a century.
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How Data and Inclusive Leadership Improve School Outcomes
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How Data and Inclusive Leadership Improve School Outcomes

When real-time data and collaboration drive decision making, schools see the benefit.
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Westminster Public Schools: A Competency-based Success Story
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Westminster Public Schools: A Competency-based Success Story

Westminster, CO
Strong partnerships transform Westminster Public Schools.
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Forest Heights STEM Academy: Charting a New Course
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Forest Heights STEM Academy: Charting a New Course

Little Rock, AR
Forest Heights STEM Academy in Arkansas underwent Cognia’s STEM Certification Review and implemented a research-based framework for success.
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Fairmont Schools: Creating a Cohesive Culture of Improvement
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Fairmont Schools: Creating a Cohesive Culture of Improvement

Orange County, CA
Cognia’s expertise and flexibility help unify a private school with multiple campuses and international programs.
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North Dakota Department of Public Instruction: Building Partnerships
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North Dakota Department of Public Instruction: Building Partnerships

Bismarck, ND
NDDPI turns a system of silos into a collaborative whole through trusting relationships that spur progress over time.
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The Role of Accountability Systems and Regional Accreditation in Improving K–12 Education
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The Role of Accountability Systems and Regional Accreditation in Improving K–12 Education

In the United States, nearly 55 million students are enrolled each year in K–12 schools. How can we be sure that every student receives the best education possible?
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Alabama’s Holistic Approach to School Improvement
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Alabama’s Holistic Approach to School Improvement

How data and observation tools built for education help inform decision-making.
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The Future of Educational Assessment
Stories that Matter

The Future of Educational Assessment

Schools, districts, states, and their assessment partners are increasingly focused on classroom assessment practices embedded in instructional activities.
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Liberty Public Schools: Data-Guided Progress
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Liberty Public Schools: Data-Guided Progress

Liberty, MO
A northeast suburb of Kansas City, MO, Liberty Public Schools (LPS) used the Cognia accreditation process to improve its data gathering and analysis process. The collected data helped to inform the district’s strategic plan and its guiding documents: LPS’ Vivid Vision and graduate profile.
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Mayar International Schools: Nurturing Excellence
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Mayar International Schools: Nurturing Excellence

Amman, Jordan
Mayar International Schools (MIS), located in Amman, Jordan, pursued Cognia’s accreditation process to continue and enhance its record of excellence. As a result, MIS increased educator capacity, boosted its credibility, provided a common understanding of standards, and improved classroom environment.
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It Matters: 347,248 Student Voices About Engagement in School
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It Matters: 347,248 Student Voices About Engagement in School

Volume 1
How are students feeling about their learning and school? Data from Cognia’s Student Engagement Survey reveal actionable insights.
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Montgomery Public Schools: Steady improvements
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Montgomery Public Schools: Steady improvements

Montgomery, AL
Montgomery Public Schools in Montgomery, Alabama, used Cognia’s analysis of its underlying issues and continuing guidance to overcome a range of challenges, restoring the faith of both the state board of education and the local community.
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Moscow School District: Building on Strength
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Moscow School District: Building on Strength

Moscow, ID
By addressing areas for improvement through Cognia’s rigorous accreditation process, the Moscow School District in Moscow, Idaho, boosted academic performance and even helped students withstand the disengaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Allendale County Schools: Rising Out of the Bottom 5%
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Allendale County Schools: Rising Out of the Bottom 5%

Fairfax, SC
With critical support and focused improvement priorities identified after a diagnostic review by Cognia, Allendale County Schools in Fairfax, South Carolina, went from being a low-performing district to making unparalleled progress in its improvement initiatives.
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Redefining the Measurement of Early Childhood Program Quality and Child Outcomes
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Redefining the Measurement of Early Childhood Program Quality and Child Outcomes

What factors consistently indicate the quality of an early learning program? Our research points to a new approach that starts by identifying valuable outcomes.
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Farmington Schools: Continuous improvement practices drive a common sense of purpose
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Farmington Schools: Continuous improvement practices drive a common sense of purpose

Farmington, NM
A New Mexico district uses continuous improvement practices and insights from Cognia Accreditation Engagement Reviews and Assessment Services to hone its focus on instructional leadership development and student engagement.
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Fleming County Schools: A district in rural Kentucky moves from turnaround to transformation
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Fleming County Schools: A district in rural Kentucky moves from turnaround to transformation

Fleming County, KY
How do underperforming schools turn around and improve? With deliberate analysis and action. Using Cognia's Diagnostic Review process, Fleming County (KY) Public Schools went from being one of the state’s lowest-performing districts to one of its most successful—a Distinguished District—in just three years.
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Meeting the Promise of Continuous Improvement
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Meeting the Promise of Continuous Improvement

Insights from the AdvancED Continuous Improvement System and Observations of Effective Schools.
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