What is Cognia?

According to their website, “We are a global network of enthusiastic educators here to help you strengthen your schools. Our holistic approach to continuous improvement encompasses accreditation and certification, assessment, professional learning, and customized improvement services. Like you, we want all students to have the opportunities that knowledge brings.”

Lincoln Accreditation Report

During our most recent accreditation period, Cognia said this about our school, “Several themes emerged as a result of the Engagement Review at Lincoln School A.C., including a mission that drives all school activities; data analysis used in decision-making; connecting curriculum, instruction, and professional learning; and planning. These themes are offered to strengthen and complement the improvement journey of the school.” The photo at the top of the page shows some of the most common words that were mentioned during the interviews with students, parents, and staff while we were going through the accreditation process. 

OLWEUS is a bullying prevention program that Lincoln uses to not only stop bullying but also to check the well-being of our students and help them connect with staff better. OLWEUS’ approach includes school-wide anti-bullying rules, holding weekly social-emotional check-ins with students, and immediate intervention if the need should arrive. We have a team dedicated to reviewing incidents and continually training our staff to ensure our staff is all prepared to handle situations that may arise.  

What is a MAP Exam? (Measure of Academic Progress)

According to the NWEA MAP website, “MAP Growth is the most trusted and innovative assessment for measuring achievement and growth in… math, reading, [and] language usage… It provides teachers with accurate, and actionable evidence to help target instruction for each student or groups of students regardless of how far above or below they are from their grade level. It also connects to the largest set of instructional content providers, giving educators flexibility in curriculum choices.”
We love MAP because each test adjusts as the learner answers questions. This means we get a more accurate understanding of what the learner can accomplish. This helps our teachers make lesson plans that can better meet the needs of all of our learners as well as know what areas are strengths and what areas may need improvement for each individual learner.