Great Public Schools Criteria
All students have a basic right to a great public school. Our vision of what great public schools need and should provide acknowledges that the world is changing, and public education is changing, too. Meeting these Great Public Schools (GPS) criteria require not only the continued commitment of all educators, but the concerted efforts of policymakers at all levels of government. 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.
These criteria form a basis for NEA's priorities in offering Congress a framework for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The reauthorization process must involve all stakeholders, especially educators. Their knowledge and insights are key to developing sound policies.
Great Public Schools (GPS) Indicators Framework (2pp, 2MB, PDF)
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.