Department of Defense Education Activity


Accreditation and certification

All DoDEA schools are on a five year accreditation cycle.

During that five year cycle the schools must:

  • Make a commitment to continuous improvement by monitoring and evaluating efforts on a yearly basis;
  • Complete a thorough self-assessment using the Cognia System and School Quality Factors Diagnostic;
  • Complete an annual evaluation of student performance; and
  • Host a district accreditation visit that includes a one-day accreditation visit at all schools in the district.

Cognia Standards for Quality Schools and Quality School Systems

  • Standard 1: Leadership Capacity Domain
    The capacity of leadership to ensure an institution's progress toward its stated objectives is an essential element of organizational effectiveness. An institution's leadership capacity includes the fidelity and commitment to its purpose and direction, the effectiveness of governance and leadership to enable the institution to realize its stated objectives, the ability to engage and involve stakeholders in meaningful and productive ways, and the capacity to implement strategies that improve learner and educator performance.
  • Standard 2: Learning Capacity Domain
    The impact of teaching and learning is the primary expectation of every system and its institutions. The establishment of a learning culture built on high expectations for learning, along with quality programs and services, which include an analysis of results, are all key indicators of the system's impact on teaching and learning.
  • Standard 3: Resource Capacity Domain
    The use and distribution of resources align and support the needs of the system and institutions served. Systems ensure that resources are aligned with its stated purpose and direction and distributed equitably so that the needs of the system are adequately and effectively addressed. The utilization of resources includes support for professional learning for all staff. The system examines the allocation and use of resources to ensure appropriate levels of funding, sustainability, and system effectiveness.

Accreditation Status

Cognia has two accreditation statuses that may be conferred on a school/school system as a result of the comprehensive accreditation visit. The accreditation status is based on the performance of a school/school system in areas related to the Accreditation Standards, policies, assurances, student performance results and stakeholder feedback.

The two accreditation statuses are:

  • Accredited
  • Accredited Under Review