What is the Quality Schooling Framework (QSF)?
Welcome to the Quality Schooling Framework
website! The California Department of Education developed the Quality Schooling Framework
to assist educators as they work to ensure that the students in their schools are learning
and thriving. The Quality Schooling Framework reflects a change in the way we look at schooling
in California. In the past, schooling was based on a compliance model. As you can see
in this diagram, schools and districts were required to respond to a set of performance
requirements for funding. Today, the California Department of Education is committed to a
model in which schools and districts are empowered to adopt and enact policies and programs that
best suit their local needs to support student success in their local communities. Unlike
past supports, the Quality Schooling Framework (QSF) is not a checklist of requirements or
mandated activities. Instead, you can think of it as a map and a compass to help you focus
on your destination and plan your route to student success. It is a resource for all
schools. The QSF identifies ten elements that, when integrated, support students learning
and thriving. These elements are drawn from extensive research on the characteristics
of effective schooling—they represent the “what” of quality schooling. The QSF website
describes each of the elements and includes supportive resources such as tools for planning
and measuring QSF elements. The QSF also includes a series of application videos and other resources
to help you determine “how” you will integrate these elements in your school. On the QSF
website, all students are at the center of all discussions about quality schooling. To
support all students, the QSF recommends that ten elements be addressed in an integrated
way. These elements include Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, Equity, Teachers, Family & Community
Engagement, Leaders, Professional Learning, Culture & Climate, and Resource Alignment.
As you consider these elements in your own schools, we encourage you to start with students
at the center of your discussions. To help you in your planning and implementation process
and practices, visit the QSF video section. These videos provide practical strategies
for strengthening elements of the QSF in your local context. For example, the next video
in this series focuses on developing effective school and district plans. You will also find
videos on topics such as needs assessment, leading change, and stakeholder engagement.
Relevant resources and video guides accompany each video to help you explore these topics
in more depth. Next on the website, look at the ‘Characteristics’ section of the elements
to help identify pressing needs and determine which elements matter most in your local context.
Then, work to establish and prioritize specific outcomes and indicators for success in your
school or district. Even though all of the QSF elements are important, students will
be poorly served if too many initiatives lead to incomplete or fragmented implementation
or to change fatigue. Determine and sustain you focus and remember the QSF elements should
be viewed as a general roadmap. Thank you for viewing this introduction to the Quality
Schooling Framework. We encourage you to apply and share these resources with your school
and district community as you work to ensure that all students learn and thrive.