School Effectiveness Framework

  • Many things go into determining whether a school is successful in ensuring excellent teaching and learning for all students. City Schools' School Effectiveness Framework groups the factors into four areas:

    Highly effective instruction

    1. Teachers plan highly effective instruction
    2. Teachers deliver highly effective instruction
    3. Teachers use multiple data sources to adjust practice
    4. School leadership supports highly effective instruction
    5. Teachers establish a classroom environment in which teaching and learning can occur

    Talented people

    1. The school creates and implements systems to select, develop and retain effective teachers and staff whose skills and beliefs represent the diverse needs of all students
    2. The school creates and implements systems to evaluate teachers and staff against individual and schoolwide goals, provide interventions to those who are not meeting expectations and remove those who do not make reasonable improvement

    Vision and engagement

    1. The school provides a safe and supportive learning environment for students, families, teachers and staff
    2. The school cultivates and sustains open communication and decision-making opportunities with families about school events, policies and the academic and social development of their children
    3. The culture of the school reflects and embraces student, staff and community diversity

    Strategic leadership

    1. The school establishes growth goals that guide strategic planning, teaching and adjusting of practice to meet student needs
    2. The school allocates and deploys the resources of time, staff talent and funding to address the priorities of growth goals for student achievement
    3. For schools that are overseen by an autonomous board of trustees or education service provider, the board or operator provides competent stewardship and oversight

    Download a detailed outline of the 2017-18 School Effectiveness Protocol.
    To determine if a school is effective, City Schools conducts school effectiveness reviews whose measures are rooted in the School Effectiveness Framework.