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2023-2024 Cognia Accreditation Report

Banks County Schools Cognia Accreditation Report

Dr. Ann Hopkins Superintendent
Joy Edwards Assistant Superintendent

Banks County School System has completed the Accreditation Engagement Review for the 2024 school year. This process, conducted by Cognia, ensures that our educational standards meet high quality and continuously improve.



Banks County School System proudly announces its exceptional performance in the recent Cognia Accreditation Engagement Review, showcasing its commitment to academic excellence and student welfare. The evaluation conducted by Cognia, a globally recognized accreditation body, validated the institution's dedication to educating students.


The Index of Education Quality (IEQ) is central to the evaluation, a measure of overall educational performance. Banks County School System achieved an outstanding IEQ score of 309, significantly surpassing the Cognia IEQ Network average of 253. This accomplishment highlights the institution's ability to deliver exemplary education tailored to students' needs.






"We are immensely proud of our exceptional performance in the Cognia Accreditation Review," remarked Dr. Hopkins, Superintendent of Banks County School System. "This achievement not only highlights our ongoing efforts to provide high-quality education for our students but also underscores our commitment to the Banks County community and the well-being of our students."


Accreditation and Continuous Improvement

    • Cognia defines continuous improvement as a behavior within an institution's culture, focusing on enhancing teaching and learning processes. Accreditation through Cognia allows the Banks County School System to assess its effectiveness and plan strategically for future improvements. This accreditation process emphasizes the development of conditions, processes, and practices to continually drive educational excellence.
    • Cognia Performance Accreditation and the Engagement Review
    • The Accreditation Engagement Review report is comprehensive, providing findings organized into key sections such as Assurances, Ratings of Analyses, Cognia Performance Standards, Insights from the Review, and a Summary of Findings that includes Noteworthy Practices and Areas for Improvement. The review evaluates the whole institution, including its programs, cultural context, and stakeholder community, to ensure all parts meet learners' needs.

Evaluation Results

    • The review process included evaluations of the institution's analyses of stakeholder feedback, student performance, learning environments, and several other critical aspects. Here are some highlighted performance standards and their ratings:
    • Culture of Learning: Leaders cultivate a culture of respect, fairness, and inclusion, ensuring learners' well-being is central to the institution's guiding principles. The system actively engages stakeholders and supports learners' growth and well-being through various strategic plans and feedback mechanisms.
    • Leadership for Learning: Leaders guide professional staff in continuous improvement processes, focusing on learners' experiences and needs. The institution has started implementing professional learning communities (PLCs) and other development programs to enhance staff qualifications and leadership potential.
    • Engagement of Learning: Instruction is characterized by high expectations and opportunities for creativity, collaboration, and design thinking. However, additional efforts are needed to fully immerse students in environments that promote learner voice and responsibility.
    • Growth in Learning: The institution uses various data sources to support learners' academic and non-academic needs. It focuses on differentiation and providing personalized learning experiences to help students achieve their goals.

Summary of Findings

    • The Accreditation Engagement Review identified several areas of improvement:
    • Monitor Professional Learning Communities (PLCs): Establish a monitoring process for PLCs to ensure staff development and continuous improvement.
    • Student Learning Targets: Develop processes to identify and monitor their learning targets and progress.
    • Engaging Professional Staff with Students: Implementing processes for professional staff to engage with students in identifying academic, career, and personal goals.

Accreditation Status

    • Banks County School System achieved an Index of Education Quality (IEQ) score of 309, well above the Cognia network average of 253. This high score indicates that the institution meets Cognia’s expectations for accreditation and showcases noteworthy systematic and systemic practices.

Next Steps

  • To continue our journey of continuous improvement, Banks County School System will:
  • Share the findings of this report with all stakeholders.
  • Use the insights and recommendations to guide and strengthen our improvement efforts.
  • Celebrate our successes and continue striving for excellence in education.

You can view the full Accreditation Engagement Review Report here. 





This accreditation highlights our commitment to providing a high-quality education and fostering an environment where students and staff thrive. We look forward to continuing our efforts to enhance learning experiences and outcomes for all our students.