National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA)

The National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA) was created in 1993 as a private organization to recognize accrediting agencies for American private schools on a national level.

The U.S. Department of Education was created in 1985 but it did not have the authority to recognize any elementary and secondary accrediting agency. NCPSA was therefore formed at large to standardize the private school accreditation process. It was also granted tax-exempt status due to its nonprofit nature in 1996.

NCPSA: Current Status

As per the last report, 21 associations hold full membership in the Council. To ensure the credibility of the NCPSA recognition, highly respected educators are onboarded by the NCPSA to serve on the Council as “public” representatives.

Accreditation International (Ai)

Accreditation International (Ai) is an organization that was founded in 2009 in Georgia, USA to provide accreditation and many other associated services to educational institutions across the globe.

Accreditation International (Ai) offers accreditation to not just K-12 schools but also to colleges, universities, and early childhood educational programs worldwide.

Why is Unique in Ai

Accreditation International (Ai) is unique because not only does it accredits in five associated fields of education – schools, distance education, career and technical, early childhood, and supplementary education, but it also promotes and works “hands-on” in tandem with nations in the development of new accreditation organizations.

Ai employs a cadre of seasoned accreditation experts and review committee members from across the world, who speak dozens of different languages and represent various cultures. It has leaders from the Council on Occupational Education (COE), the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA), the International Council for Education, and former Executive Directors from the USA regional accreditors. The development and delivery of standards, policies, and procedures, have seen contributions from the leaders that are now available to Accreditation International (Ai).

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