National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools

Catholic School Standards

These effectiveness standards for Catholic education, the result of a multi-year collaboration between the Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education at Boston College and the Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education at Loyola University Chicago, provide a common framework of universal characteristics of Catholic identity and agreed upon criteria for Catholic school excellence. This document seeks to respond to articulated needs in Catholic education:  clarifying the “brand” of “Catholic school”; providing a framework to enhance public policy and advocacy efforts on behalf of Catholic schools; establishing universal characteristics and criteria that could serve as a basis of Catholic school accreditation; linking elementary and secondary schools to Catholic Higher Education professional development and leadership programs in support of Catholic schools; and increasing funders’ confidence in school capacity for sustainable improvement.

With this framework, we can and must hold ourselves accountable for the excellence and rigor, faith and nurturance that have been the hallmark of Catholic education, and which we must now guarantee for future generations.

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