Great Public Schools Criteria
The National Education Association (NEA) believes that all students have a basic right to a great public school. The Great Public Schools (GPS) Indicators framework strives to advocate for the policies and practices integral to a school’s and student’s success. The framework is NEA’s vision of what great public schools need and should provide and is the product of over three years’ worth of collaboration and research. NEA’s vision acknowledges that the changing global economy requires a change in the criteria to prepare all students for the future.
These criteria are:
- Quality programs and services that meet the full range of all children’s needs so that they come to school every day ready and able to learn.
- High expectations and standards with a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum for all students.
- Quality conditions for teaching and lifelong learning.
- A qualified, caring, diverse, and stable workforce.
- Shared responsibility for appropriate school accountability by stakeholders at all levels.
- Parental, family, and community involvement and engagement.
- Sufficient, equitable, and sustainable funding.
We believe these criteria will:
- Prepare all students for the future with 21st century skills
- Create enthusiasm for learning and engage all students in the classroom
- Close achievement gaps and raise achievement for all students
- Ensure that all educators have the resources and tools they need to get the job done.
Meeting these GPS criteria require not only the continued commitment of all educators, families, and community stakeholders, but the concerted efforts of policymakers at all levels of government, as well. Students, parents, educators, administrators, community leaders, and policy makers can all participate in advancing the conditions integral to a student’s and school’s success. All stakeholders have a responsibility to advocate for change around the indicators that are directly within their power to alter—students can demand support services; educators can work with administrators on designing cross-department collaboration teams; families can call for equitable school funding; community leaders can approach schools on potential collaborations; and policy makers can implement higher standards for educator preparation programs.
The 3 million members of the National Education Association are spearheading the effort to achieve great public schools for every student. Only with all stakeholders working together, can we eliminate inequities, close the achievement gap, and elevate achievement for all students.
Great Public Schools (GPS) Indicators Framework
This chart is designed to give policymakers, educators, and advocates a framework to evaluate how well states and districts address areas critical to the success of public schools.
School Readiness (PDF)
Quality programs and services that meet the full range of all children's needs so that they come to school every day ready and able to learn.
Conditions of Teaching and Learning (PDF)
Quality conditions for teaching and lifelong learning.
Accountability and Assessments (PDF)
Shared responsibility for appropriate school accountability by stakeholders at all levels.
School Funding (PDF)
Adequate, equitable, and sustainable funding.
Standards and Curriculum (PDF)
High expectations and standards with a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum for all students.
Workforce Quality (PDF)
A qualified, caring, diverse, and stable workforce.
Parent and Community Engagement (PDF)
Parental, family, and community involvement and engagement.
Mobilizing to ensure opportunity, equity, and success for every student
NEA Secretary-Treasurer, Becky Pringle, sits down with the Coalition for Community Schools, National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), National Urban League, and Dr. Ivory Toldson to discuss the NEA's vision of Great Public Schools (GPS). Panelists discuss indicators of a quality education, specifically, the NEA's evidenced-based GPS Indicators.
Parents want their children to attend a great school, and every student deserves a quality education. But how do you really know if a school is meeting its students’ needs? NEA has made it easy by releasing its Great Public Schools (GPS) Indicators Framework.