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Since 2012, the widespread adoption and implementation of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools (NSBECS) for a variety of purposes, across all Domains, has yielded very positive results for schools and dioceses.

This section of the CSSP website provides access to and highlights of formal research, action research, and other quantitative and qualitative analyses on NSBECS implementation and outcomes. As the tracking of NSBECS implementation continues and as new findings become available, these results will be reported and shared on this website.

The Catholic School Standards Study

In the summers of 2015 and 2016, co-Principal Investigators Lorraine A. Ozar, Ph.D. (Loyola University Chicago) and Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill, Ph.D. (Boston College) administered two national surveys to a wide range of stakeholders involved in Catholic education. Funded by the Conrad Hilton Foundation, the two-and-a-half year study sought to determine who is using the NSBECS and how, and whether the NSBECS in fact contribute to positive outcomes for those who use them.  

CSS Study Summary

The CSS Study confirmed that a wide range of schools and dioceses are using he NSBECS for a variety of purposes, across all Domains, with very positive results.

Literature Review

A comprehensive review of literature undertaken to examine key questions related to the study, and insights for continued lines of research.

Report and Findings

The complete Catholic School Standards Study Report and Findings that details the rationale, process and outcomes of the two-and-a-half year study.