School Quality Assessment and
A SQAA Know How for Schools as a Quality Initiative
Dr. Dheeraj Mehrotra
What is Accreditation?
It is a process of Quality Assessment based on self-analysis
and peer interaction and assessed on the basis of
predetermined norms in pre-defined areas, namely,
Scholastic and Co-Scholastic Domains, Infrastructural Areas,
Human Resources, Management and Administration,
Leadership and Beneficiary Satisfaction.
Promotes Excellence and fosters pride in the institution.
Provides external recognition of the school’s commitment to
Provides a detailed evaluation of the institution’s processes
for quality improvement
Identifies areas of strengths and weaknesses
Enhances stakeholders confidence in the institution.
School Quality Assessment and
Accreditation Scheme (SQAA)
Is a process of Assessment and Accreditation Aiming at
Continuous Quality improvement through self-analysis and
self-monitoring of quality enhancement process.
Assessment of schools through
standardized instruments of internal
[self] and external [peer review]
assessments to facilitate a sustained
qualitative improvement in affiliated
schools has been initiated .
The empanelled agencies and
CBSE while recommending will
generate a report that highlights
strengths in the top three
domains. There is no ranking of
Those who do not get accredited
in the first instance get a School
Enhancement Report (SQER)
with an opportunity to improve in
the next six months.
Certification is based on the
assessment of the school’s
functioning on the basis of
norms in pre-defined domains of
scholastic processes and
processes and outcomes, human
management and administration,
leadership and beneficiary
It is now mandatory to apply for
Accreditation from June 2014.
Those schools who get
accredited will retain their
status for the next 5 years.
Understanding the process:::
Accreditation is a
means of demonstrating confidence in the school’s purpose,
performance, human and financial resources
process of quality assessment based on self-analysis and peer
process by which schools continuously upgrade their
educational quality and services through constant reflection
certificate or status granted to a school which meets
commonly accepted standards of quality and excellence.
Who should apply and when?
Every school affiliated to Central Board of Secondary
Education should apply.
The schools should apply to the CBSE by filling up the
FORM OF INTENT online (Form of Intent is available on
the website accreditation.cbseacademics.in )
Who will do Accreditation?
Assessment for Accreditation will be done by the CBSE/
private empanelled agencies. The final view on Accreditation
will be taken by the CBSE only, initially. The assessing team
called Peer Assessor Team (PAT) will consist of three
members who would be school Principals/ Experts and who
have been certified to be Assessors for Accreditation by
What is the process of Accreditation?
Phase I: Submission of School Quality Assessment and
Accreditation form Online/ by post along with related
evidence to support the data.
Phase II: School visit by Peer Assessor Team (PAT) for
validation of data and collection of supporting evidence.
Phase III: Final Reporting on the applicant school’s
accreditation status by PAT/ Agency to CBSE
THE SCHOOL ASSESSMENT AND
ACCREDITATION [SQAA] PROCESS
Readiness for Accreditation
Ensure Management Commitment.
Create an Accreditation Calendar with timelines.
Set up a core group which will ultimately be a part of SAC -
School Accreditation Committee (Principal, Vice Principal, Head
Mistress, Co-ordinators, Examination In charge, Activity In
charge, Life Skills In charge, Counselors/ Special Educators,
Admin In charge, Parents, Students, Alumni, and representative
Read and understand the SQAA Manual within the core group.
Map existing evidences in your school with the statements and
evidences given in the SQAA Manual.
Do a gap analysis.
Plan qualitative and quantitative interventions wherever
Ensure that all evidences are in place- create templates and
implement processes if evidences are missing.
Ensure that there are enough processes and evidences for
monitoring, review, feedback and follow up, etc.
Organize and collect documents/evidences at one place and
The core group to do the first self-audit.
Request the agency to plan out the first visit.
Readiness: Evidences for a Quality
CBSE Manuals, NCF 2005, RTE CBSE Circulars and
Curriculum Documents, Website of the school,
Newsletters/Magazine, School Profile, Record of budget,
Building Plan, Minutes of Management Meetings, Staff
Meetings and PTA, Database of Parents and Alumni, List of
number of books in Library, Record of community outreach,
Annual Curriculum Plan/Academic Calendar, CCE Records,
Record of workshops, field trips, guest lectures and
interaction with parents, Attendance Registers of each class,
Teachers’ Log book, Lesson plans, Teacher’s and Students’
Time table, Anecdotal Records, Progress Reports, Details of
remedial classes, Students’ Counseling Records.
Areas of Inspection/ Observation:
Clear statement of school’s philosophy and mission.
Board policies in accordance with best practices and guidelines
Safety and Security checklist
Sound financial policies
Purposeful and realistic planning for the future
Clearly defined admission and recruitment policy
Clearly defined written curriculum
Adequate amount of staff (teaching, non-teaching and administrative) to carry
out the school work
Well qualified and effective teaching faculty
Qualitative instructional material
Proper balance between Scholastic and Co-Scholastic activities
Documentation of all evidences and records Safe and aesthetically maintained
The Board has fixed a consolidated non-refundable fee of
Rs.55,000/- (inclusive of all taxes, TA/DA and honorarium)
for this process of Assessment and Accreditation. The total
fee (Rs.5,000/- as processing fee and Rs.50,000/- as
registration fee) should be submitted along with ‘Form of
Intent’ in the form of draft by the school. The draft should be
made in the name of Secretary, CBSE payable at Delhi.
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