School Climate Standards

Benchmarks to promote effective teaching, learning and comprehensive school improvement.

Standards represent goals. When states or districts adopt or adapt standards, they are creating a “bar” that schools need to actualize in order to support student learning, achievement and positive youth development.

The National School Climate Standards were developed by NSCC, the National School Climate Council and many other educational, school board and community leaders. (For information about how the Standards have been developed, click here.)

The Standards present a vision and framework for a positive and sustainable school climate. They complement national standards for Content, Leadership, and Professional Development and the Parent Teacher Association's National Standards for Family School Partnerships Standards. A growing number of national organizations have endorsed the standards click here.

The framework is comprised of five standards and a set of indicators and sub-indicators that support the school community:

  1. Developing a shared vision and plan for promoting, enhancing and sustaining a positive school climate.
  2. Developing policies that promote social, emotional ethical, civic and intellectual learning as well as systems that address barriers to learning.
  3. Promoting practices that promote the learning and positive social, emotional, ethical and civic development of students and student engagement as well as addressing barriers to learning.
  4. Creating an environment where all members are welcomed, supported, and feel safe in school: socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically.
  5. Developing meaningful and engaging practices, activities and norms that promote social and civic responsibilities and a commitment to social justice.

Download the National School Climate Standards
We are pleased to present the National School Climate Standards, which include the series of linked indicators and sub-indicators.
Download it here (PDF).

The National School Climate Standards present a vision and framework for a positive and sustainable school climate. They complement national standards for Content, Leadership, and Professional Development and the Parent Teacher Association's National Standards for Family School Partnerships Standards. (For information about how the Standards have been developed, click here.)