Introduction

In connection with the introduction of independent accreditation of educational programs and educational organizations in the Kyrgyz Republic, it is necessary to have a common understanding and interpretation of terms and concepts related to independent accreditation. This becomes important in view of the fact that in the process of independent accreditation involved a large number of participants: educational institutions, students, their parents, employers, and other representatives of the economy sector, government and civil society. Most of them are unfamiliar with the accreditation process, so this dictionary will help provide the necessary knowledge for independent accreditation.
 
Accreditation standards are the minimum requirements that educational institutions or programs must meet.
 
Accreditation criteria –are elements of accreditation standards that educational institutions or programs must meet.
 
Accreditation is a procedure of assessment by the accreditation agency of the level of quality of the educational organization as a whole or its separate educational programs, during of which the conformity of the educational organization or educational program with certain criteria and standards is proved.
 
Institutional Accreditation – is a procedure of assessment by the accreditation agency of the level of quality of the educational organization as a whole, during of which the conformity of the educational organization or educational program with certain criteria and standards is proved.
 
Program Accreditation (Specialized) – is a procedure of assessment by the accreditation agency of the level of quality of the educational organization as a whole or its separate educational programs, during of which the conformity of the educational organization or educational program with certain criteria and standards is proved.
 
Documented management system of education quality – a system that allows you to document all the plans, processes, actions and results to the implementation of policies of ensuring the quality of education in an educational organization.
 
National Accreditation Board – is created at the authorized state body in the field of education of the Kyrgyz Republic and under the chairmanship of its head, functioning on a voluntary basis, which is an Advisory body established for collective and public consideration of the recognition of the activities of accreditation agencies.
 
Accreditation expert – a person who has passed special training on the methodology of the examination, the implementation of standard’s and accreditation criteria, writing reports, interviews, etc., ready to qualitatively carry out an external evaluation of the educational organization or program.