MCIEA School Quality Measures Dashboard

School Quality Measures Dashboard

A school quality framework with multiple measures that offers a fair and comprehensive picture of school performance

MCIEA School Quality Framework Wheel

The School Quality Measures Framework aims to describe the full measure of what makes a good school. The three outer categories are essential inputs to school quality that influence the center two key outcomes.

School Quality Measures Framework

Through a strand of work led by professor Jack Schneider at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a team of researchers, MCIEA is reimagining how we measure the quality of our schools and the learning experiences of our students.

To achieve this goal, MCIEA sought input from stakeholders in each consortium district to build a school quality framework that reflects what the public wants to know about their schools.

The framework has been built around multiple measures, which include academic, social-emotional, and school culture indicators, in order to piece together a fairer and more comprehensive picture of school performance. It consists of five major categories.

Measures the relevant abilities of a school's teachers and the degree to which they are receiving the support they need to grow as professionals. It considers factors like teacher professional qualifications, effective classroom practices, and school-wide support for teaching development and growth.

Measures the degree to which the school environment is safe, caring, and academically-oriented. It considers factors like bullying, student-teacher relationships, and student valuing of learning.

Measures the adequacy of a school's facility, personnel, and curriculum, as well as the degree to which it is supported by the community. It considers factors like physical spaces and materials, class size, and family-school relationships.

Measures how much students are learning core academic content, developing their own academic identities, and progressing along positive trajectories. It considers factors like engagement in school, problem solving, and college-going rates.

Measures the development of traits relevant for students leading full and rewarding lives—in society, the workplace, and their private lives. It considers factors like perseverance and determination, participation in arts and literature, and social and emotional health.


The Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment (MCIEA) is a partnership of eight MA public school districts and their local teacher unions, joined together to create a fair and effective accountability system that offers a more dynamic picture of student learning and school quality than a single standardized test. MCIEA seeks to increase achievement for all students, close prevailing opportunity gaps among subgroups, and prepare a diversity of students for college, career, and life.

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