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is a private organization that accredits primary and secondary schools
Pre-tertiary-education accreditation is a type of quality assurance process under which services and operations of pre-tertiary schools and educational institutions or programs are evaluated by an external body to determine if applicable standards are met....
throughout the United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...
. The organization is based in Georgia
Georgia is a state located in the southeastern United States. It was established in 1732, the last of the original Thirteen Colonies. The state is named after King George II of Great Britain. Georgia was the fourth state to ratify the United States Constitution, on January 2, 1788...
. AdvanceED was formed in 2006 by the consolidation of the pre-college divisions of two of the U.S. regional accreditation
Regional accreditation is a term used in the United States to refer to educational accreditation conducted by any of several accreditation bodies established to serve six defined geographic areas of the country for accreditation of schools, colleges, and universities...
organizations: the Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools , also known as the North Central Association, is a membership organization, consisting of colleges, universities, and schools in 19 U.S. states, that is engaged in educational accreditation...
(NCA CASI), and the Council on Accreditation and School Improvement of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is one of the six regional accreditation organizations recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation...