School/System Quality Factors

School/System Quality Factors

School/System Quality Factors

Foundational elements for improvement

AdvancED’s approach to improvement is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Rather, it is a customized journey based on a set of factors where all institutions have the potential for transformation by focusing on changing processes, practices and actions to drive improvement. This approach will produce the evidence, outcomes and successes institutions seek.

AdvancED’s deep experiential base combined with 21st century perspective on effective schools and school systems, led to the identification of seven research-based school/system quality factors that are key to driving improvement. These seven factors are foundational to the School/System Quality Factors Diagnostic, a tool that can be used by institutional leadership as guideposts for inward examination and analysis along their improvement journey.

Explore the seven school/system quality factors and the explicit definition of quality specific to each.


The capacity to agree upon, define and clearly communicate to stakeholders the direction, mission and goals that the institution is committed to achieving.

The shared values, beliefs, written and unwritten rules, assumptions, and behavior of stakeholders within the school community that shape the school's social norms and create opportunities for everyone to be successful.

An institution’s stated commitment and demonstrated actions in support of high expectations for all stakeholders, including excellent student learning outcomes and success, high levels of teacher quality and support, leadership effectiveness, proactive community engagement, and valuable parent involvement.

The capacity of every teacher to purposefully and intentionally create an environment that empowers all students to be successful in their learning and reach expected levels of achievement, including readiness to transition to the next level of learning or career pathway.

The ability of a school to plan, secure and allocate its resources (human, material, and fiscal) to meet the needs of every learner.

The capacity to engage learners and other stakeholders in an effective manner to improve learning outcomes.

The ability of a school to execute, with consistency, actions designed to improve organizational and instructional effectiveness.