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Synchronized Accreditation

The majority of NEASC accredited international schools participate in a synchronized, joint evaluation process facilitated by a collaboration between NEASC and the Council of International Schools (CIS) in Leiden, Netherlands. With our shared 8th Edition protocol, NEASC and CIS have used the same template and a single team working jointly while producing a single report that is then submitted to each agency. For more information on synchronized accreditation using the 8th Edition protocol, please view the 8th Edition Process page.

With our new protocols, we have moved from a 10-year accreditation cycle to a 5-year accreditation cycle, and from a joint accreditation process to a synchronized process: the timing for all visits still overlaps (is “synchronized”) but there are separate teams, separate portals into which schools submit information, and separate reports submitted to each agency.

For synchronized NEASC-CIS visits, the school responds to the 10 Learning Principles for NEASC, while for the CIS report, the school completes Part One; Part Two: Domains A, B, E, F, G, and I; and Part Three Conclusions. The contents of CIS Domains C, D and H are covered by the NEASC ACE Learning Principles Report.

Starting in 2018, NEASC began working more closely with the IB to synchronize and streamline the evaluation process for IB “continuum” schools. The pilot involves 14 schools that share NEASC accreditation and IB authorization (11 of whom are also accredited by CIS). As the agencies work to streamline the process for schools, NEASC anticipates less duplication and evaluation fatigue for schools.



The ACE Team at the International School of Prague for the inaugural synchronized ACE External Review with CIS  (November 2017).