Our commitment to quality

The School Quality Working Group has developed a system of categories to help dig deeper into the question of what makes a school high-quality. On September 16, 2014 the Working Group presented its recommendation to the Boston School Committee, which has adopted the framework. The new framework will begin to be used during the 2016-17 school choice process.

You can read about these categories, see the full presentation, read a summary and the download full document on our “Resources” page.


Today in the Boston Public Schools our graduation rate is higher than it has ever been and the drop-out rate is at its lowest level since at least 1977.

However, our schools are still of varying levels of quality. Our mission is to ensure every school is a place every family would be happy to choose. As we create a more predictable school choice system, we must also improve equity and overall access to quality schools.

The Boston School Committee has asked a group of community members and experts to help advise us on ways to accelerate student achievement and increase school quality in the city.

Boston School Committee member Meg Campbell and Barr Foundation Evaluation Director Rahn Dorsey  co-chair the  School Quality Working Group, which is modeled on the successful work of the External Advisory Committee on School Choice. The Working Group includes BPS parents, academic experts, and business and community leaders. It will continue to engage the community in the conversation on school quality that took place during our process to improve school choice. Their tasks include:

  • Helping to develop a better way to measure school quality for the Home-Based school choice model, which takes effect for the fall of 2014. Currently the Home-Based model uses MCAS Tiers, which are based on a combination of overall performance and growth as measured by MCAS.
  • Analyzing the implementation of the Home-Based school choice model, including measures of equity and school quality improvements

This website is home to updates on this process as well as data the working group is using to analyze school quality and equity and make its ongoing recommendations.