Community schools continue to make a difference in the lives of children, youth and families across the country. Each community school initiative and individual community school must define and demonstrate progress towards achieving a set of desired results that drive the work of the school and its community. This should focus on improved results for students (academic, social, emotional, physical, and civic) as well as for families and communities over time. Many community schools use a results-based framework by identifying the results they seek to achieve and the outputs and impact it will use to measure progress towards those results.
Coordinators play a crucial role in creating the conditions for teaching and learning i.e., comprehensive and supportive environment necessary to educate all students to high standards. Coordinators track multiple indicators that help identify short- and long-term outcomes for students, families, and communities (see chart below).
To see results from individual community schools, click here.Toolkits
This Rationale and Results Framework makes the case for community schools as a primary vehicle for increasing student success and strengthening families and community. It also, defines specific results that community schools seek—both in terms of how they function and in relationship to the well being of students, families and communities.
This toolkit is a starter guide for community school staff who want to use data to tell their story and improve their community schools. It is driven by a results framework, and offers a step‐by‐step explanation of evaluation approach and a menu of data collection instruments.