National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools
The landmark 2012 publication of the National Standards and Benchmarks are 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. 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.
More information on the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools can be found at http://catholicschoolstandards.org.