Charter School Authorizers

Cognia is committed to the nearly 4 million students enrolled in innovative charter schools. Whether students are learning to fly airplanes, acting as environmental stewards, or taking classes in museums, Cognia accreditation supports their learning by holding the schools they attend to rigorous, internationally recognized standards.

Support for authorizers and schools

Lightening the load for charter authorizers

As stewards of the charter school community tasked with reviewing applications and overseeing performance, your work is endless. Cognia partners with you to lighten your load. With more than 125 years in accreditation, we apply our rich experience in continuous improvement to support your schools and students.

Cognia Accreditation is closely aligned with charter renewal processes, and our rigorous, research-based performance standards complement your existing processes and core values. Cognia is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that supports schools around the globe.

Improving student learning in charter schools

More than 1,000 charter schools have turned to Cognia for accreditation. Why? Because a significant amount of the work required for reauthorization overlaps with our process. So, not only do you gain reauthorization, but you commit to a set of rigorous performance standards that sustains school improvement and better learning outcomes.

Plus, you’ll have access to unparalleled tools and resources that support the growth of your students and staff, and you’ll boost your reputation by proudly displaying the Cognia seal.

Schools go through the process once and obtain feedback from two organizations on what they’re doing well and how to improve.

Your relationship with Cognia matters.

We have experience and credibility in the field of regulatory oversight and continuous improvement.

Brad Wever
Vice President of Policy

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