New standards lead
"Catholic Schools Raise the Standards" is the theme for Catholic Schools Week 2013, the annual celebration of high-quality, faith-based education the nation's Catholic schools provide. The observance is scheduled for Jan. 27 to Feb. 2.
The 2013 theme highlights the recent launch of a new initiative, the National Standards and Benchmarks for Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools, to ensure consistent high standards at Catholic schools across the country. The logo designed for the week illustrates a chart of steady growth culminating in the highest achievement of all, a cross representing the faith that underscores all Catholic education.
"Catholic schools have always aimed for academic excellence while fostering spiritual growth, but our Catholic Schools Week theme for 2013 draws special attention to our new national standards, said Karen Ristau, president of the National Catholic Educational Association. "Making the standards initiative the focus of our theme for the week is a great way to demonstrate our commitment to revitalizing Catholic education across the country to provide the best for students and families."
The standards provide guidance on a range of practices that schools should include in their policies, including those related to mission and Catholic identity, governance and leadership, excellence and operational vitality.