Global Center for
College & Career Readiness
CCR9000 Certification is the only
industry certification for schools.
2015-2016 Application Window begins in Spring, 2015.
Please email admin@EdCenter.org to
receive the application materials.
Programs to certify quality
organizations have existed in manufacturing for decades.
Today, the LEEDS certification for “green construction” signals to the community
the commitment by an organization to sustainable conservation efforts.
CCR9000 Certification is based upon
the graduate-level “College & Career Readiness Blackbelt” educator development
accredited by the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of
Education – one of the premier educator preparation programs in the United
What is CCR9000 Certification?
The quality certificate is available to individual schools and to districts with
clusters of schools. Certification requires that schools meet a number of
research-based best practices criteria. Once initial certification is complete,
recertification takes place annually.
How is CCR9000 Certification
different from Accreditation?
All public schools and almost all private schools are Accredited.
Accreditation confers upon the organization the label of “accredited school” but
does not serve as an indicator of quality. Accredited schools include some of
America’s most failing schools as well as some of our most successful schools.
CCR9000 is a Credential Indicating
Quantitative and Qualitative Measures of College & Career Ready Rigor and
Success are in place.
CCR9000 Certification is a statement to parents, prospective teachers, students
and communities that the school and the district offer rigorous, quality
curriculum and instruction sufficient so student attain College & Career
Is there a guarantee that my
school or district will Certify? What if we don’t succeed?
CCR9000 is not a guaranteed certification program. Much like a high school
or college degree, the credential requires effort on the part of the school or
district. However, you are not alone. The CCR9000 certification process includes
ongoing graduate-level professional development, best-of-breed tools &
resources, and consultation from some of America’s school improvement leaders.
While initial certification is designed to take one year, the process may be
extended for up to three years, and provisional certification is offered for
those schools showing progress but not yet reaching final certification
What is the CCR9000 process?
Schools and districts submit an initial Application for Screening and
Program Acceptance. After the CCR9000 Application is reviewed, a phone-based
interview is conducted to evaluate the candidate school or district’s goals.
After the interview, candidates are notified of Acceptance into the review
process and their review level. Each school conducts three formal evaluations
during the certification process – usually during school walk-through sessions.
School leadership receive immediate access to Graduate-level professional
development resources for use in their schools. A final interview is conducted
prior to notification of credentialing.
What do I get with the CCR9000
Applicants for Certification receive a set of tools to help their
schools including Graduate-level professional development resources, PLC study
guides, released assessment items for item and lesson study, lesson planning
templates, research and intervention materials, and ongoing coaching for
administrators. Most participants find the CCR9000 process to be one of
continuous improvement, helping to create a culture of high performance in at
atmosphere of sustainable capacity building.
When can I apply?
2015 applications will be released in