The K–12 School Effectiveness Framework (2013): A support for school improvement and student success


The K-12 School Effectiveness Framework (2013): A support for school improvement and student success identifies evidence-based indicators of successful practice in a number of components of effective schools. The indicators, with samples of evidence, assist educators in building coherence and aligning practices across an entire school.

Key Components of the K-12 School Effectiveness Framework:

Based on research and practical evidence of what makes schools effective, the following components that impact student achievement have been identified.

  • Assessment for, as and of Learning
  • School and Classroom Leadership
  • Student Engagement
  • Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
  • Pathways, Planning and Programming
  • Home, School and Community Partnerships

The framework provides indicators of effective instructional practice and pedagogy as well as samples of evidence to assist boards and schools in:

  • precise, intentional and strategic improvement planning
  • strategic allocation of resources
  • determining capacity-building needs

The framework is designed with two key processes in mind:

1. The School Self-Assessment Process is a thoughtful inquiry that helps to identify strategies that will leverage improvement and inform implementation of the School Improvement Plan. The School Self-Assessment considers the following questions:

  • Are we reaching our student learning and achievement goals?
  • How do we know? What is the quantitative and qualitative evidence that supports this?
  • What actions will we take to ensure continuous improvement?

2. The District Process is to be carried out with integrity and transparency for the purpose of promoting reflection, collaborative inquiry and ultimately improved student learning. The steps in the District Process include: