TEA News Releases Online
Nov. 29, 2010
Communities In Schools programs achieve national accreditation
AUSTIN - Two Communities In Schools (CIS) affiliates in Texas, CIS of the Heart of Texas and CIS of Bell-Coryell Counties, have achieved National CIS Accreditation by demonstrating compliance with all CIS Total Quality System (TQS) standards.
The TQS standards define expectations for effective non-profit business practices and for implementing the CIS model of integrated student support services at school sites. The site standards are based on a five-year, longitudinal national evaluation conducted by an independent evaluator, ICF International, which documented the impact of the CIS model. The evaluation revealed that schools implementing the CIS model with high fidelity had higher graduation rates, lower dropout rates, and performed better than comparison schools in increasing the percentage of students meeting or exceeding math and reading proficiency in fourth and eighth grades, a crucial predictor of high school graduation.
The CIS national office developed TQS standards to establish clear operational guidelines that ensure uniform quality and improved outcomes for all students being served by affiliates nationwide. The Texas Education Agency administers the Texas CIS state office and oversees grants to 27 state-funded CIS affiliates.
The mission of CIS is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Through a school-based coordinator, CIS connects students and their families to critical community resources tailored to local needs. In Texas, CIS serves 865 campuses and 84,498 case-managed students. CIS of the Heart of Texas and CIS of Bell-Coryell Counties are the first of 27 CIS affiliates across the state to receive this prestigious recognition. They also are among the first to receive national CIS accreditation among the nearly 200 local affiliates that comprise the CIS network in 25 states and the District of Columbia.