National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools

The landmark 2012 publication of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools was the result of a multi-year collaboration between the Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education at Boston College and the Greeley Center for Catholic Education at Loyola University Chicago. Copyright ownership of this document was transferred in 2020 from these centers to the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA). This document articulates a series of standards and benchmarks in four key areas: Mission and Catholic Identity, Governance and Leadership, Academic Excellence, and Operational Vitality. Catholic educators are encouraged to use this as a resource, as it provides a measure of accountability for the excellence and rigor, faith, and nurturance that have been the hallmark of Catholic education. More information on the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools can currently be found at http://catholicschoolstandards.org.