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Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by the hippo, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    Who or what is AdvancED? Are they supposed to do international school inspections? What is an AdvancED inspection like? How long do they go on for and what sort of things do they look at?
  2. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    Never heard of them before today, but a quick google search found them. Seem to be American.
    Accreditation, not inspections. I don't see why an overseas school would work with them instead of one of the more established accrediting bodies like CIS.

  3. Karvol

    Karvol Occasional commenter

    One suspects it is another outfit wishing to give accreditation where more established bodies would fear to tread.

  4. bigfatgit

    bigfatgit Occasional commenter

    Originally the NCA (North Central Association) and SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) who did a lot of accreditation visits
    They took over from CITA (Commision on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation) and are mainly aimed at American type schools (although anyone can apply for accreditation)
    Visits are very stringent and include interviewing Admin, teachers, parents and students.
    The amount of paper work needed is quite daunting.
    After the initial inspection, a report is issued to the school listing anything that they think needs to be addressed in the school. The school must then ensure that the recommendations are dealt with in a timely manner.
    Re-Accreditation visits are every 5 years
  5. Mainwaring

    Mainwaring Lead commenter

    My school was accredited by SACS some twenty years ago. Very stringent as BFG says and very useful as it left the Board with no option other than spend the money we (SMT) had already told them they needed to spend.
  6. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    Ahh... SACS.
    That makes sense. Good reputation. I rescind my musings about why a school would choose to work with AdvancED.

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