Cognia™ (formerly known as AdvancEd) is a global nonprofit that has the knowledge to help schools improve. Cognia offers accreditation and certification, assessment, professional learning, and improvement services. The result of the merger of AdvancED and Measured Progress, Cognia was formed to bridge the gap between school evaluation and student assessment. We are the largest education improvement organization in the world and an undeniable force for enhancing schools, engaging students, and driving better outcomes for all. In 2020, the entities that came together to form Cognia mark 125 years of service to education.


In pursuit of academic accountability and excellence, Mater Academy, Inc. underwent a complete Self-Study process, sought and obtained AdvancED Corporate Accreditation for the Mater Academy, Inc. School System. In June of 2011, Mater Academy was awarded AdvancEd Corporate/District Accreditation for its proven commitment to quality and continuous improvement and educational excellence. The Quality Assurance Review (QAR) Team representing AdvancED examined the effectiveness of the system’s methods for quality assurance. The report findings validated a direct relationship between the program elements and positive student achievement record. An excerpt from the QAR Team’s final exit report commended Mater Academy, Inc. for the following:
  • having a clearly articulated vision, mission, and statement of beliefs wherein the vision serves as an anchor for all decisions related to allocation of resources and strategic decision making;
  • consistently demonstrating a system-wide openness and accessibility to listen and to communicate with stakeholders;
  • having a visionary board and president who are committed to sustaining a culture of excellence, with an organizational framework that creates a collaborative culture that promotes innovation and a strong sense of family, while maintaining accountability for results;
  • building and maintaining partnerships with local businesses, organizations, governmental units, and institutions of higher learning to increase their capacity to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of their students; and
  • employing a comprehensive system to collect and analyze student achievement data that are used to strategically make decisions for continuous improvement of teaching and learning.
Mater Academy, Inc. consistently engages in a continuous internal review process as a means to ensure consistent improvements too the entire system. Mater is also responsible to hosts an External Review Team Visit from Cognia accreditors every five years. During the external review, the External Review Team will:
  • Assess the effectiveness of the corporation in meeting the Cognia Standards;
  • Assess student performance data;
  • Assess stakeholder feedback data;
  • Interview corporate staff and stakeholders;
  • Visit a representative sample of schools; and
  • Assess student engagement.

Mater Academy, Inc. will host their next External Review visit in the 2020-2021 school year. For additional information on Cognia accreditation, please visit: Cognia Home- Cognia

Files: MAI Strategic Plan-2020-2021-FINAL.pdf

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