The domain scores may be further segmented to provide ratings and feedback on a combination of interrelated indicators and evaluative criteria. The indicators and evaluative criteria contain performance levels with detailed descriptors. These descriptors are a valuable source of guidance for setting goals and targets for improvement. By analyzing the ratings through the lens of the performance levels, institutions can identify their areas of strength as well as design, implement and monitor targeted improvement efforts.
The IEQ is not an average of averages. Rather, it is the aggregate of all individual indicators and evaluative criteria that apply to the institution. The criteria ensure that the institution can take actions to optimize learning for all students. All institutions completing an External Review and any follow-up Accreditation Progress Report will receive an IEQ score.
Through the External Review process, institutions will continue to receive a comprehensive report of the team’s findings with recognition of powerful practices, opportunities for improvement, and required actions. If an institution fails to meet established criteria at an acceptable level, the institution has the ongoing responsibility to make improvements and be re-evaluated by AdvancED and, in doing so, improve its effectiveness and corresponding IEQ. As institutions document changes and submit them for review, their IEQ scores are updated to reflect their success and guide the next steps on their improvement journey.
Individual schools within system accreditation have self-reported IEQ scores. That is, an individual school’s IEQ is based on ratings they provide for the indicators and evaluative criteria while the system monitors and ensures the accuracy of the self-reported score.
The addition of the AdvancED Index of Education Quality solidifies the accreditation process as a formative measure for continuous improvement by placing an institution on a continuum of performance and providing an understanding of its current reality and a vision for its potential.