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AdvancED | Measured Progress, which was formed as a result of two leading education nonprofits merging in November 2018, announced today that it is changing its corporate name to Cognia™.

The new name comes from the Latin word cognitio, which means knowledge. The name change reflects the nonprofit’s belief that knowledge is the key to helping people reach their aspirations—regardless of circumstance or background.

Cognia was established to fill a crucial gap in education: the need to bridge school evaluations with student assessments in order to see a full picture and improve education in a more comprehensive and holistic way. Cognia offers accreditation and certification, assessment, professional services, and consulting to help schools drive continuous improvement. The organization focuses on innovation to provide more agile solutions for school improvement and to drive better outcomes for all students.

In recent years, the organizations that merged to become Cognia introduced new technology solutions and applications in large-scale and local assessment solutions, low-cost mobile classroom observation tools, and high-powered data dashboards. These innovations support quick access to data on student achievement and engagement, facilitate analysis, and have a positive impact on real-time improvement efforts.

“Education is ever evolving and so are we,” said Dr. Mark Elgart, president and CEO of Cognia. “In addition to our new name and brand identity, we are introducing advancements in how we deliver improvement services to our global network.''