2020 Standards


The Standards for Schools Hosting Decennial Accreditation Teams Beginning in 2020

CPS is pleased to present the new Standards for Accreditation and a redesigned Accreditation process for our elementary, middle and high schools which will host Decennial Accreditation teams beginning in 2020. The revised Standards have been updated to reflect current research-based best practices and streamlined to better support school improvement.

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CPSS and CPEMS schools will begin preparations for their 2020 visits in the fall of 2017, and will be the first to put the new Standards and Accreditation process into practice. Schools that are scheduled to host a visit in 2017, 2018 or 2019 will be using the revised 2014 CPEMS Standards and the current Accreditation process.  

A couple of updates schools might notice about the 2020 Standards include:

  • New vocabulary: New Foundational Elements represent the essential building blocks for each Standard; Principles of Effective Practice replace Indicators; and Descriptors of Effective Practice serve as guidance or examples of how schools can effectively align to the Principles in the Standards for Accreditation.
  • Improved architecture: The 2020 Standards are restructured and organized differently to blend similar concepts and reduce redundancy. Five Standards and 32 Principles of Effective Practice provide schools a simpler format to guide their progress (the 2011 version includes seven Standards and 54 indicators).

In addition, three major themes are amplified in the newly-revised Standards:

  • Culture of Learning encourages a look at the school environment, instruction, and curriculum from a learner’s perspective.
  • Growth Mindset, or a schools’ capacity as a learning organization, reinforces the idea that all schools have room to grow or improve.
  • Vision of the Graduate emphasizes a holistic view of expectations for students, including the transferable skills, content, understandings, and disposition that students should have by the time they graduate and a method of assessing a student’s progress toward that vision. 

Within these themes, we’ve sought to reflect current research and significant input from practitioners and member schools. We offer many thanks to the commitment of so many dedicated volunteers and contributors for their time, energy, and direction.  

Learn about the revised Accreditation process for schools hosting Visiting Teams beginning in 2020 >>