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ERIC Number: EJ1218387
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-2164-0246
NSBECS Program Effectiveness Surveys: A Tool for Strategic Planning and School Improvement
Faber, David
Journal of Catholic Education, v22 n1 Article 15 Spr 2019
When the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools (NSBECS) were first developed, principal and superintendent of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids, Michigan, David Faber writes in this article of his elation at the possibilities for measuring quality and for addressing total school improvement that the standards would provide. After being introduced to the standards, he began promoting their use within the diocese to benefit strategic planning and school improvement efforts. As a direct beneficiary of the new system, schools in Faber's diocese were able to take full advantage of the tools and resources provided by the Catholic School Standards Project website not only to assist through the accreditation process but also as a framework for strategic planning and school improvement. Faber describes how the program effectiveness surveys proved to be valuable because of their close alignment to the standards and the ability to use the data gathered to inform planning and to track school improvement progress. Faber specifically affirms the program's effectiveness surveys as an integral tool embedded within the planning and improvement processes of his diocese. He says the survey results are used as a 360-degree element of the administrator appraisal process. The results are also shared each year with both the pastor and the school's local board of limited jurisdiction. The surveys are also used as part of the collection of evidence during the self-study and accreditation school visit. Lessons learned from the field are provided in this article.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan
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