Activate the Power of Community with Cognia Membership

You’re facing schooling disruption, teacher attrition, and learning recovery challenges. You don’t have to face them alone.

Cognia™ brings together a worldwide community of educators, volunteers, and staff members—passionate professionals all dedicated to expanding opportunities for learners. We’ve been making these connections in schools for 125 years, helping learners and educators move past obstacles and put their potential into practice.

As a Cognia member, you have access to the depth and breadth of this community’s expertise—through services and solutions that enhance learning, effect change, and deliver excellence in today’s learning environment. With three levels of membership, you can select the option that aligns with your institution’s needs and improvement goals.

Your pathways to improvement

As experts in improvement, we provide you with powerful, aligned, and proven pathways for addressing your challenges—each pathway sharing innovative approaches to improving learning, teaching, and leading. Base membership delivers comprehensive services that support accreditation and improvement and move your team forward. Enhanced and Premium levels build on that foundation with additional features, including student assessments, that address your institution’s specific goals and provide deeper engagement with thought leadership in the Cognia community.

Improve your

Base membership

Take student engagement to the next level and spur far-reaching improvement by leveraging evidence-based standards and a proven framework. Plus, join a community of leaders and educators, locally and globally.

See how institutions get results with Cognia

Increase teacher effectiveness

Enhanced membership

Cultivate continuous teacher growth and empowerment with strategies that foster innovation in the classroom. Provide equitable access to high-quality teaching and learning for all students, regardless of their background.

See how institutions get results with Cognia

Accelerate learner progress

Premium membership

Maximize engagement and success by activating students’ knowledge of their own learning. Provide teachers with knowledge, support, and decision-making evidence about the effectiveness of instruction, remotely or on-site.

See how institutions get results with Cognia
AdvancED [Cognia] not only offered our school a chance to grow and offer a great academic culture, but also helped us create deeper relationships with our students."
Maria Lourdes Mendoza
Head of Institution, Escuela Maternal Internacional
San Juan, PR

Compare your membership options


Accreditation and Certification

Opportunity to earn internationally recognized designations of your institution’s excellence; includes readiness toolkit, resources, and support

NEW! Cognia Learning Community

A 24/7 online platform, free for institution leaders and professional staff, to customize their learning and connect with peers around the world

Local expertise

Connect with a specialist at your convenience to learn about tools, resources, and sharing opportunities

Cognia Improvement Platform

A suite of tools and resources that promotes collaboration and evidence-based decision making—available only to members:

  • myJourney dashboard
  • eleot®
  • Surveys
  • Diagnostics
  • Strategies and the inFocus guide
  • Formative Content Library
  • Access to Trusted Partners

10% discount on professional learning

Events and services that expand your staff members’ capacity and effectiveness 

eleot training course

Free registration to gain certification on the valuable Effective Learning Environments Observation Tool®—focusing on how students respond to instruction

Members-only learning experiences

Exclusive, complimentary professional learning events geared to make the most of your membership choice

NEW! Teacher Observation Tool

Formative observation tool providing objective feedback on teacher interaction with students

CEO Roundtable

Quarterly discussions with Cognia’s CEO and other thought leaders looking at the future of education

Online Formative Assessments

Online administration to monitor and adjust instruction in real time (grades 3–8)

Online Interim Assessments

Robust online platform, 3 administrations per year (grades 3–8); no more per-student costs

Program management and support

Personalized support for tailored plans to maximize impact of membership benefits

Research network

Invitation to join research groups and feature your staff’s action research in Cognia publications

Price per institution through June 30, 2022



3 seats







U.S. $1,200

Outside U.S. $2,500

Early Learning $900

Same as 2020–21 membership fees



6 seats

1 per year

U.S. $2,400

Outside U.S. $3,700



9 seats

2 per year

U.S. $3,600

Outside U.S. $4,900

Small-school pricing may be available; call to inquire

We were fortunate when we closed out our year that we partnered with Cognia for assessment. The assessments are a good match for the scope and sequence of our curriculum. We got the data back quickly and it gave us a helpful baseline."
Gary Tipsord
Superintendent, LeRoy CUSD #2
LeRoy, IL
Until the data exposed the academic differences, bias and equity were not part of the conversation. Before we analyzed actual data, the achievement gap was suspected and not widely accepted as actual. After reflection and review, it became apparent that bias, sensitivity, and equity needed to become part of the discussion. School improvement teams and district improvement teams now write, vocalize, and follow through on actions that are intentionally aligned to closing the achievement gap.”
Nick Baughman, Ed.D.
Associate Superintendent, Yorkville School District 115
Yorkville, IL
It’s not for compliance, but for monitoring and identifying the supports schools need and how that transitions to the work we do at the district level.”
Phil Valdez
Deputy Superintendent, Farmington Municipal Schools
Farmington, NM
Among the many benefits of partnership, our statewide collaboration with AdvancED [Cognia] has yielded an unwavering focus on continuous improvement, student performance, and stakeholder satisfaction."
Kirsten Baesler
State Superintendent, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Bismarck, ND
Cognia is more than a partner in our journey for continuous improvement, because they anticipate our needs as a district and as educators while also being open to innovation and creating solutions for our staff and students. We would not have had the success and growth we’ve had this year without the support from Cognia and the ND Department of Public Instruction."
Kari Schneider
Curriculum Director, Killdeer Public School District #16
Killdeer, ND
Cognia has served as a guide to the Somerset network emphasizing collaboration in order to create a cohesive movement towards continuous school improvement”
Bernardo Montero, Ed.D.
President/Principal, Somerset Academy Charter Schools
Hialeah, FL

Speak with your local Cognia expert to learn more about joining or about upgrading your current membership.