Canadian Educational Standards Institute Launches New Accreditation Guidelines

    TORONTO, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - As it prepares to become an international
standards accreditation body, the Canadian Educational Standards Institute
(CESI) announced revised Accreditation Guidelines for Canadian Independent
Schools. These include new indicators of effective practice in the areas of
global education, student assessment, sustainability, student wellness,
transportation of students, risk management, travel policies, and a new
standard of commitment to school improvement.
    CESI offers an arm's length review process, evaluating school performance
based on rigorous educational and operational standards. The revised
guidelines, the outcome of a major review of overall procedures, stipulate
that member schools are implementing best practices in all areas of program
and operations. This year, CESI will attain recognition as an international
standards accreditation body.
    "We are constantly reviewing our criteria to ensure that member schools
are maintaining the highest standards," says Anne-Marie Kee, Executive
Director of CESI. "In preparation to become an international standards
accreditation body, we felt a major review was necessary."

    The CESI Standards Council is comprised primarily of Heads of School from
across Canada. A not-for-profit organization, CESI has conducted over
150 reviews and accredited 60 independent schools since 1986. CESI is the only
Canadian accreditation body recognized by the Canadian Association of
Independent Schools.

For further information:

For further information: Anne-Marie Kee, Executive Director, CESI, at
(905) 684-5658 or

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