Excellence in Assessment (schools) re-accreditation

The Excellence in Assessment (schools) accreditation lasts for three years. After this time, should a school wish to retain its accreditation, it must apply for re-accreditation in order for the CIEA to ensure rigorous standards of assessment are still being met. This process will enable the CIEA to quality assure current assessment practices and procedures compared with those previously in place and to track revisions and improvement to assessment policy and practice. It also enables the school to retain its accreditation for a further three years.

What does the programme provide?

The programme provides the following:

  • an objective diagnostic view of the schools’ processes and procedures for assessment in relation to those in existence on initial accreditation
  • the re-testing out of policy, processes and procedures against a rigorous framework
  • recognition of continued commitment to best assessment practices and staff development
  • successful institutions will receive a year’s free membership of the CIEA Schools Membership scheme to support ongoing development in a changing environment.

How does it work?

A school seeking re-accreditation completes the application process and is allocated a Chartered Education Assessor, who holds a charter from and is appointed by the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors and has a wide ranging experience of making judgments and providing diagnostic feedback.

An overview of the re-accreditation assessment framework is sent to the school who uses this to prepare and submit evidence of changes, revisions or improvements to the previous assessment framework and indicate any areas where there is new evidence that the assessor can see on their visit. There is no expected fixed format for this and institutions can respond in ways that suit their own systems and practices. The Assessor then reviews the submission and arranges a meeting with the school.

The first part of the meeting, with the school’s assessment lead, will focus on the schools’ self-assessment of the assessment framework including areas that have not changed, those areas where changes and improvements have been made, and any area where further review/development is needed.

The second part of the day will be spent with other members of staff to ascertain how the assessment system is working in practice and to check whether the high standard of assessment practices described are still being met.

The Assessor then forwards the plans to the CIEA with a recommendation for re-accreditation, or further review. The institution will be notified of the outcome soon afterwards, and where successful, will be awarded the certificate of Excellence in Assessment (schools). The revised Assessment Quality Assurance Plan and Review document can be retained as evidence of achievement in the area of assessment policy and practice, and as a useful tool for future growth.