Cognia Accreditation

General Information

The Franklin County School District is accredited with quality by Cognia, formerly AdvancED. District accreditation certifies that the procedures and curriculum used in all the system’s schools meet the standards required to preserve the integrity of the schooling process for children. Accreditation ensures that our schools are following accepted, research-based practices for educating and maintaining standards that qualify Franklin County graduates for admission to higher or more specialized institutions or for professional practice. The most recent accreditation was 2023.



What is district accreditation?

A district accreditation protocol was developed and initiated by SACS CASI in response to requests from superintendents and other district leaders in the nation who wanted to better coordinate accreditation with ongoing system improvement initiatives and state mandates. Specifically, they wanted the district accreditation protocol to:


What are the benefits of district accreditation?

What are the four Key Characteristics of Cognia Accreditation?
Key Characteristic 1: Culture of Learning
Key Characteristic 2: Leadership for Learning
Key Characteristic 3: Engagement of Learning
Key Characteristic 4: Growth in Learning

Click here for the 2023 Franklin County Schools Accreditation Report

More information on the Cognia standards are available for download here:
Cognia Standards