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In January USD 290 engaged in our accreditation review with Cognia.  We received word yesterday that the engagement team and the Cognia office has done the final review and have accredited our schools for an additional 5 years.  Thank you to all that helped with the process and to everyone who partners with us to make our district a great place for students and staff!  


Dr. Ryan Cobbs

Ottawa USD 290 Earns Cognia System Accreditation

(Ottawa, KS, March 30, 2021) – Ottawa USD 290 announced today that the district has earned system accreditation by Cognia™, a nonprofit organization that provides quality assurance for schools, school districts, and education service providers.

Cognia, formerly AdvancED, nationally recognizes districts that meet rigorous standards that focus on productive learning environments, equitable resource allocation that meet the needs of  learners, and effective leadership. Earning accreditation from the Cognia Global Accreditation Commission means that the system and all of  its schools are accredited, and that Ottawa USD 290 is recognized across the nation as a school system that meets Cognia Standards of  Quality, and maintains a commitment to continuous improvement.

“Systems accreditation as conferred by the Cognia Global Accreditation Commission provides Ottawa USD 290 a nationally recognized mark of  quality for our school system and each school within our system,” shared Dr. Ryan Cobbs.  “It demonstrates to our community our commitment to excellence, our openness to external review and feedback, and our desire to be the best we can be on behalf  of the students we serve.”

To earn accreditation from Cognia, a school district also must implement a continuous process of  improvement, and submit to internal and external review.  School systems in good standing can maintain their accreditation for a five-year term.

Dr. Mark A. Elgart, president and CEO of  Cognia, stated,“Cognia System Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school system and its community on the primary goal of  preparing lifelong learners in engaging environments where all students can flourish.  Ottawa USD 290 is to be commended for demonstrating that it has met high standards and continues to make progress on key indicators that impact student learning.”

Cognia is the parent organization of  the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).  Parents and interested community members can learn more about the Cognia Accreditation at

About Cognia
Cognia offers accreditation and certification, assessment, professional learning, and improvement services to institutions and other education providers. The result of  the merger of  AdvancED and Measured Progress,Cognia was formed to bridge the gap between school evaluation and student assessment. As a global nonprofit working in over 80 countries, our 36,000 institutions serve and support nearly 25 million students and five million educators every day. Cognia serves as trusted partner in advancing learning for all learners.  Find out more at