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Purpose and Use

The GUIDELINES are provided to assist Catholic schools and arch/dioceses as they implement the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools (NSBECS).  The Guidelines offer deeper insights, useful clarifications, essential questions, and next steps that school teams can use to interpret the benchmark rubrics, gather and analyze evidence, and score their school’s performance.  The companion GLOSSARY provides modified definitions and explanations for selected key terms.  To make the best use of the Guidelines, school teams should use them as a resource in conjunction with following the nine steps for scoring benchmark rubrics, outlined in the Guided Process for Rubric Scoring.