AdvancED / NCA
Founded in 1895, the North Central Association-Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) is a non-governmental, membership organization that accredits public and private schools and districts. One of six regional accrediting organizations, NCA CASI accredits schools and districts in 19 states, the Navajo Nation, and the Department of Defense Dependents’ Schools worldwide. For over 100 years, NCA CASI’s focus has been to advance the quality of education.
In April 2006, the North Central Association, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS CASI), and National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE) came together to form AdvancED- a strong, unified organization dedicated to education quality. In 2012, the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) joined AdvancED as the third accreditation division. AdvancED is the world’s largest education community, serving more than 30,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in more than 70 countries that educate over 16 million students. Today, NCA CASI, SACS CASI, and NWAC act as accreditation divisions of AdvancED.
Through AdvancED, NCA CASI, SACS CASI, and NWAC now have accreditation standards that cross state, regional, and national boundaries. The AdvancED Accreditation Process is a clear and comprehensive program of evaluation and external review, supported by research-based standards and dedicated to helping schools, districts and education providers improve continuously. The accreditation process is based on a five-year accreditation term that provides ongoing external review, support, and feedback.
For more information about AdvancED and NCA, please visit http://www.advanc-ed.org/.