About Us

We are AdvancED

AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world. We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of a variety of educational institutions and systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. While our expertise is grounded in more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation, AdvancED is far from a typical accrediting agency. Our goal isn’t to certify that educational institutions are good enough. Rather, our commitment is to help these institutions continuously improve.

Combining the knowledge and expertise of a research institute, the skills of a management consulting firm and the passion of a grassroots movement for educational change, we serve as a trusted partner to 36,000 educational institutions—employing more than four million educators and enrolling more than 20 million students—across the United States and 70 other nations. AdvancED was formed through a 2006 merger of the Pre-K-12 divisions of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI)—and expanded through the addition of the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) in 2012.

Our Focus

Create a world of opportunities for every learner.

Lead and empower the education community to ensure that all learners realize their full potential.


  1. Dream Big.
    We are not constrained by the current environment or framework even as we work within existing systems.
  2. Stand for the Learner.
    We represent the interests of all learners with a commitment to equity and integrity.
  3. Be Bold and Daring.
    We take risks that support our beliefs.
  4. Drive Potential.
    We create and initiate change, growth and innovation in our work but also among each other. We embrace the individuality we bring and strive for excellence as a team.
  5. Be Tenacious.
    We are relentless in pursuing our mission.
  6. Build Connections.
    We expand and nurture our internal and external relationships.

Annual Reports

AdvancED Research

Each year, AdvancED collects vast quantities of data including tens of thousands of learner-centric classroom observations using the Effective Learning Environments Observation Tool® (eleot®) and millions of student, parent and teacher surveys from thousands of schools and school systems. These data along with extant outcome data available from sources like NCES provide the basis for analyses that yield insights into educational practices and processes. 

We also partner with schools and systems within the AdvancED network to transform data into actionable knowledge for continuous improvement. Using rigorous quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation methodologies, the research team leads and/or supports initiatives with schools and systems across our network to investigate real-world problems of practice.

Our research efforts provide analytical support for all aspects of AdvancED's work, from psychometric reviews of current surveys and indexes of educational quality to advanced statistical analyses to support school improvement activities and internal quality. All analyses include the use of both classical test theory approaches (e.g. exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis) as well as Item Response Theory approaches (e.g. Rasch analysis) to establish acceptable levels of evidence of reliability and validity of all instruments used and of data collected by AdvancED.

Our Leaders

AdvancED is governed by an independent Board of Directors and relies on a dedicated staff. Most critical to our success are the more than 18,000 volunteers—including educators, researchers, policy analysts, business leaders, and others—who’ve chosen to donate their time and expertise to help us conduct external reviews, analyze the data, and provide guidance to schools.

Meet our Leadership Team

Join Our Team

At AdvancED, our mission is to lead and empower the education community to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. We believe every learner should have access to high-quality instruction, learning materials and education services that will help them succeed in and out of school. We are passionate advocates for all learners. If you share that same passion and are looking for a way to make a difference in the lives of students around the world, consider joining our team.

We're looking for experienced professionals who believe in the power of education, can drive innovative ideas that deliver results and embrace our core values. If you're looking to start a new career, consider employment opportunities with the leading education and school improvement organization in the world. Contact us at employmentopportunities@advanc-ed.org to learn how you can become a part of our team.

AdvancED is an equal opportunity employer. AdvancED does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law in any of its activities or operations.

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