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KCSD Earns Cognia Accreditation

KCSD Earns Cognia Accreditation
Becky Bean, Executive Director of Communications

Kershaw County School District  (KCSD) proudly announces that the district has earned Cognia® Accreditation. Cognia is a nonprofit organization that provides quality assurance for schools, school districts, and education service providers.

Cognia, formerly AdvancED, nationally recognizes districts that meet rigorous standards focused on productive learning environments, equitable resource allocation that meets the needs of learners, and effective leadership. Earning accreditation from the Cognia Global Accreditation Commission means that the district is accredited, and that KCSD is recognized across the nation as a school that meets Cognia Performance Standards and maintains a commitment to continuous improvement. 

“We're incredibly proud of this achievement, which truly reflects the dedication and hard work of everyone in our district. It's a significant step, showcasing our commitment to continuous improvement and serving our students at the highest level. This is a testament to the collaborative spirit and positive learning environment we've fostered within our schools. Looking ahead, we're excited to build upon this momentum and continue delivering excellence for our students and community,” says KCSD Superintendent Dr. Harrison Goodwin.

To earn Cognia accreditation, a school district also must implement a continuous process of improvement and submit to internal and external review. Districts in good standing can maintain their accreditation for a six-year term.

Dr. Mark A. Elgart, president and CEO of Cognia, stated, “Cognia Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire district and its community on the primary goal of preparing lifelong learners in engaging environments where all students can flourish. Kershaw County School District is to be commended for demonstrating that it has met high standards and is making progress on key indicators that impact student learning.” 

About Cognia

Cognia is a global, nonprofit improvement organization dedicated to helping institutions and other education providers grow learners, teachers, and leaders. Cognia offers accreditation and certification, assessment, and improvement services within a framework of continuous improvement. Serving 40,000 public and private institutions from early learning through high school in more than 90 countries, Cognia brings a global perspective to advancing teaching and learning. Find out more at