CIE Partnerships

The organizations listed on this website have a working relationship with CIE / NEASC or are accrediting agencies in their own right.  They are all important organizations which we are pleased to be associated with as we work together toward the betterment of international education.



NEASC and ECIS (The Educational Collaborative for International Schools) partnered in March of 2015 to co-develop a professional learning curriculum for schools seeking or maintaining NEASC accreditation through the Commission on International Education, PS-12 (CIE).

Founded in 1965, ECIS is a non-profit global membership organization that provides professional learning, research, advocacy, and funding for the benefit of its members, comprising early stage through mature international and internationally-minded schools, higher education institutions, organizations that support education through their products and services, and individuals who are internationally-minded in their outlook and practice. ECIS is headquartered in Europe.

Cameron C. Staples, President of NEASC, stated that this partnership “will significantly benefit international schools that want to be in the vanguard of embedding transformational approaches to education within their communities. NEASC highly values a partnership with the very organization with which NEASC began collaborating some 30 years ago." His comments were echoed by Kevin J. Ruth, Executive Director of ECIS, who stated, “We are excited to partner with NEASC to develop and deliver an accreditation-specific professional learning curriculum that promotes international schools as transformative learning ecosystems. It fits perfectly with our commitment to leading learning worldwide.”

To learn more about NEASC/ECIS ACE Accreditation workshops, visit the ECIS website  >>



The Council of International Schools

The Council of International Schools (CIS) is a not-for-profit organization of a worldwide international educational community comprising over 600 member schools and 450 colleges/universities.  It has experience in K-12 education in more than 107 countries and colleges/universities located in 23 countries. Many of the Council's officers and consultants are former heads of international schools. The central purpose of CIS is to enable member organization to achieve and deliver the highest standards in international education and continually improve the outcome of student learning.

CIS sets and develops standards for international education worldwide and manages the accreditation process. Its guide and its Standards were developed in a collaborative process involving CIS and the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) and may not be copied or used without specific written agreement from CIS or NEASC.

To learn more about the Council of International Schools, visit them online at




The International Baccalaureate 

CIE signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Baccalaureate organization in May 2015. The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers high quality programs of international education to a worldwide community of schools and the MOU establishes a framework of cooperation between NEASC and the IB for conducting synchronized accreditation/evaluation visits. The majority of schools overseas offer the IB curriculum, and CIE also conducts evaluations with the IB organizations of Geneva SW and New York City.

NEASC and the IB will create joint working groups with the purpose of identifying, analyzing, and resolving potential issues that may arise in conjunction with synchronized visits to member schools. Although the IB has had an informal relationship with NEASC/CIE for many years, the MOU paved the way for more frequent, direct consultations, professional exchanges, and discussions between the two organizations about matters related to accreditation and evaluation.

“This agreement represents an extension of our efforts to better serve schools by providing the opportunity to synchronize accreditation and programme evaluation visits,” says Andrew Macdonald, IB Chief Schools Officer. “For several years we have been actively streamlining processes so that educators can focus on delivering our high-quality educational programmes.”

For NEASC/CIE the agreement is a significant development in its commitment to international education. “The MOU underscores NEASC/CIE’s intention to participate actively in discourse about the future of education by cultivating professional relationships with like-minded, world-wide organizations,” says Peter C. Mott, Director of NEASC/CIE.

By coordinating the visits, the IB and CIE will maintain each organization’s objectives and requirements while verifying that schools are continuously improving and evolving both as IB World Schools and as CIE accredited schools.

To learn more about the IB, go to:



Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) - U.A.E.

We continue our strong partnership with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai, as the only international accreditor to work with the more than 30 American curriculum schools there. 

View KHDA's website at



The National Center for Curriculum Study and Textbook Development (NCCT) - China Ministry of Education

The National Center for School Curriculum and Textbook Development, a non-governmental agency affiliated with the Ministry of Education in China. Established in 1998, NCCT is engaged in nation-wide study, development and assessment of school curricula, textbooks and related professional work.  It remains the only accreditation-related agency approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education to enact a process for schools seeking both international and Chinese accreditation.  As such, it is responsible for addressing accreditation tasks regarding ‘Schools for Children of Foreign Nationals.’  An accreditation process was approved in 2002 including a formal partnership with international accreditation agencies, following initial discussions held with NEASC beginning in 2001.

Go to the NCCT website (Chinese only):

Visit the China Ministry of education online at



Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA) - Thailand

In partnership with the Thai Ministry, we are training members of the Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA) to prepare to work side by side with us to co-accredit schools in Thailand.

To learn more about ONESQA, visit:



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