The Western States Benchmarking Consortium (WSBC) is committed to creating world-class school districts by focusing on student learning; establishing and using performance benchmarks; fostering connections to the larger society; and articulating a clear, compelling and hopeful vision for the future of public education.
This year, a consortium work group is creating a matrix of roles, responsibilities and support related to instructional quality. After completing the matrix, the consortium plans to update the WSBC benchmark framework with an emphasis on systems that develop and continuously improve instructional quality.
Using the benchmarks
The benchmarking framework may be used in various ways at all levels of a public education system. For example, districts and schools may use the benchmarks to:
- Assess system status in each of the four strategic areas;
- Evaluate effectiveness and progress within administrative departments;
- Review and renew school improvement plans;
- Identify new priorities;
- Deepen the shared vision of quality.
The benchmarks are available for use under a Creative Commons license.