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About CPS

The Commission on Public Schools (CPS), one of three commissions within NEASC, accredits and supports public elementary, middle, and high schools, and career and technical schools/centers throughout the six states of New England: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. With a structured, ongoing cycle of self-reflection, peer review, school improvement, and monitoring, CPS assists schools to ensure that all students experience a high quality education.

Through the efforts of elected Commission members, professional and support staff, and thousands of educators and administrators who volunteer their time to serve as professional peer reviewers each year, more than 700 diverse public schools from across New England are NEASC/CPS Accredited or Candidates for Accreditation. The Commission is organized into three distinct committees in order to offer specialized Accreditation assistance to our member schools:

Committee on Public Elementary and Middle Schools

The Committee on Public Elementary and Middle Schools (CPEMS), was established in 1987 in response to the needs of school systems to provide an evaluative structure for their elementary and middle schools. CPEMS is dedicated to providing – through accreditation – realistic opportunities for improvement and growth to the schools it serves throughout New England.

CPEMS Staff Contacts:
George H. Edwards - Director, CPS
Kathleen A. Montagano, Ed.D. - Associate Director, CPS
 

Committee on Public Secondary Schools

The Committee on Public Secondary Schools (CPSS) works in partnership with member high schools throughout New England to ensure that all students experience an equitable, high quality education.

CPSS Staff Contacts:
George H. Edwards - Director, CPS
Alyson M. Geary - Deputy Director, CPS

Committee on Technical and Career Institution

The Committee on Technical and Career Institutions (CTCI), accredits comprehensive technical high schools and career centers throughout New England. Career and Technical Education (CTE) in New England is delivered through a variety of models, including but not limited to: comprehensive technical high schools, technical career centers, vocational and agricultural high schools, agricultural high schools, Job Corps Centers, and vocational aquaculture centers. CTE programs are STEAM based (science, technology, engineering, arts, math), are aligned with career pathways, involve on-the-job experiential learning, and combine rigorous academic and technical curriculums that lead students to earn stackable credentials, licensure, and hours toward state apprenticeships.

CTCI Staff Contacts:
George H. Edwards - Director, CPS
Bruce Sievers - Associate Director, CPS

NEASC Overview

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) is an independent, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization which connects and serves over 1500 public, independent, and international schools in the US and worldwide. Founded in 1885, NEASC (nē-ăsk) has been working to establish and maintain high standards for all levels of education longer than any other accreditation agency in the United States.