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Providing a high quality education, meeting the demands of increasingly wise consumers, and seeking to do so within a framework of Christian excellence are ideals that must be considered and acted upon if Christian schools are to thrive and make an educational impact.  Improving the quality of Christian schools is at the heart of all that is done at CESA. As such, The Council on Educational Standards and Accountability has established the Five Standards of Accountability, which provide a concrete, objective framework for schools to work within as they aspire to excellence.  

CESA will seek to enable Christian schools with objective standards, providing the tools to reach such standards, and the networks necessary to propel Christian schools into the coming decade with excellence and accountability as their hallmarks. 

While it is not the purpose of CESA to impose uniformity among its member schools, it is the purpose of the standards to provide a construct meant to influence the design and outcomes of what CESA schools are providing institutionally.  

The Five Standards of Accountability include:

  1. Mission Clarity
  2. Effective Governance
  3. Institutional Viability
  4. Academic & Programmatic Distinction
  5. Coherent Sense of Christian Community