What Makes Our Schools Different-What Makes Them Catholic?
For those of us in Catholic schools the ability to answer that question and determine how we are doing as a Catholic school has just become a little easier. The National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Elementary and Secondary Catholic Schools is a document recently released and the result of two years of collaboration among Catholic educators across the nation and represents the wisdom, expertise, passion and best practices of leaders and scholars of Catholic higher education institutions, superintendents, principals, teachers, bishops, pastors and Catholic supporters.
The publication combines the teachings of Church documents, with more recent statements from Blessed Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and the US Bishops on the purpose and importance of Catholic schools and clearly identifies the Defining Characteristics of Catholics schools. It also outlines specific Standards and Benchmarks in four areas: Mission and Catholic Identity, Governance and Leadership, Academic Excellence, and Operational Vitality.