The Commission on Public Schools has approved the new CPEMS/CPSS 2020 Standards for Accreditation for all public elementary, middle, and high schools and the CTCI 2015 Standards for Accreditation for all public comprehensive technical high schools and career technical centers.
The Standards for Accreditation are a research-based set of practices and concepts reflective of best practices which provide a template for school communities and visiting teams to identify the unique strengths and needs of each school and center. Considered to be living documents, the Standards of Accreditation are reviewed and revised, as necessary, every five years. The process of review includes surveys of all member schools, specific consideration of feedback provided by schools that have recently undergone an accreditation visit, an appraisal of recent, relevant educational literature, and in-depth discussions at the Commission level. As needed, third parties, including consultants, are contracted to conduct relevant research to inform the revision of the Standards. The Standards reflect current trends in research on public education without espousing one particular mode of thought.