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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What is accreditation? What outcomes will the accreditation have on future growth?

Accreditation is defined as an affirmation of Quality. The Accreditation of a school would mean certification of a school's functioning assessed on the basis of predetermined norms in pre-defined areas. The Accreditation isactually intended to serve the purpose of a handy index for the stakeholders since it would give an immediateinsight about the state of affairs in a schoolThe accreditation process is beneficial to the institution because it

  • it promotes excellence.
  • encourages quality improvement through a continuous self improvement process.
  • aims to meet local, state, national and appropriate international requirements.
  • provides external recognition of the school's commitment to quality is endorsed.
  • provides a detailed evaluation of the institution's processes for improvement
  • identifies areas of strengths and weaknesses.
  • enhances stakeholders confidence in the institution.
  • fosters pride in the institution.
2. When should the school apply for accreditation?

A School must apply to the agency authorized by the CBSE by the third quarter of an ongoing academic session.The last date of submission will be 30th September of the academic year in progression or as per announcement from time to time.

3. Can the school re-apply if accreditation is not granted? What is the time frame for the process?

It can re-apply when the next accreditation session begins that i.e. between 1st June to 30th September. The school must remove all short comings/quality enhancement report suggestions.

4.What is the time frame from planning to the closure of the accreditation?

The total time taken in conducting the accreditation process is approximately 13-14 weeks.

5. How can critical thinking be gauged as a soft skill, which is an integral part of developing innovationpractices?

It can be gauged from the inclusion of Life Skills under co-scholastic skills development process as well as through the interaction with the various stakeholders after interpersonal exchanges. It also emerges from the Questionnaire which brings forth the ethos of the school and helps gauge the level of critical thinking imbibed to ensure implementation of innovative practices in learning.

6. How will teachers competency, dedication and commitment be recognized through the process ofaccreditation?

The faculty's competencies will be gained through the perusal of their
  (a) Personal files
  (b) Service Books
  (c) Weekly Planners
  (d) Questionnaires
  (e) Class observations
  (f) Informal interactions with faculty and general improvement in the thrust for knowledge in the

7. Who will be the assessors?

The assessors will be peers, who are leaders and educationists of repute and approved by CBSE.

8.Can I choose the parameters I want to be accredited for?

No, you cannot choose. All parameters have to be fulfilled which are in the SQAAF and the Domain document for accreditation.

9. What will be the financial implications?

The monetary implications would include the fee to the authorized agency doing the accreditation process and the amount involved in hosting the Peer Assessment Team. This amount may change from time to time.

10. How will the school highlight/showcase their accreditation to the community/society/ stakeholders?

The CBSE will put up on its website the school's name which has been granted accreditation along with the scores on the top three domains which will be an indicator of their best practices. The school will also put it up on their own website.

11. When can an institution highlight their accreditation to the community/society/stakeholders?

As soon as the qualifying report is sent to the CBSE, which is then forwarded to the concerned school. The school can then highlight the same on its own website.

12. After obtaining accreditation, when would an institution have to re-apply for re-assessment for renewingthe accreditation?

The school can reapply for re-assessment if refused accreditation or accreditation ending the next academic session by the 30 September of the following year. The accreditation is renewed after every three years.

13. Are all the faculty members required to be actively engaged in the process of accreditation?

No, all the faculty members are not required to be involved in the accreditation processes. Only the staff members, who are a part of the school accreditation team (i.e. the SAC Team) may be engaged.

14. Would the teachers need training for being a part of documents and processing of accreditation? WouldCBSE train them?

The CBSE will not impart training to them. The authorized team (PAT) will give the teachers an orientation programme to sensitize them about the Accreditation Manual.

15. Being denied accreditation, would it result in cancelling of the affiliation?

No. Being denied accreditation does not result in the cancellation of affiliation. If a school has not been grantedaccreditation, the outcome will not be reflected anywhere except through the quality enhancement report sent to the concerned school.

16. Who all will be involved in the accreditation process from the school?

The following persons will be involved from the school that is undertaking the process of accreditation.

  •  Management
  •  Principal
  •  Administrator/Co-ordinators
  •  Selected Teachers (6 - 8 in number)
  •  Selected Parents (2 - 4 in number)
  •  Selected Students (4 - 6 in number)
17. What type of evidences can to be submitted with the SQAAF?

The schools are expected to fill in the SQAAF and attach scanned copies of relevant documents wherever applicable.

18. How will the schools know about the areas of improvement if they have not qualified for accreditation?

Schools who have not qualified for accreditation, will get an opportunity to work on their institution by following the recommendation provided on the School Quality Enhancement Report (SQER).

19. In few schools, the parents of the students have no access to internet. What is the substitute?

The schools in such case, can download the form and give the printout to parents.

20. Many of the CBSE schools are not English Medium. Will questionnaires be available in Hindi orother regional languages.

The questionnaires will be translated into Hindi. Gradually, other languages will also be taken care of.

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