Seven Correlates of Effective Schools by Lawrence W. Lezotte

School Effectiveness: The leadership, culture and organizational practices that are representative of high performing 21st century schools.

Clear and Focused Mission

Identify and Understand:  The true essence of a great mission statement clearly defines your

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school’s purpose (core beliefs).

  • What is the difference between a vision and mission statement?
  • Why is crafting a clear mission statement important?
  • How does your school’s mission statement reflect your core beliefs? 
  • How is your school’s mission statement communicated to your students, staff and community?


  • Watch the Blues Brothers movie trailer.  How did they communicate the clear understanding of their mission?
  • Watch Martin Luther King’s I have a Dream and John F. Kennedy’s vision for putting a man on the moon.  Identify and list the key components of their core beliefs / values that made their mission so compelling.
  • Go online, find two or three corporate mission statements and compare them to that of your school’s.
  • Analyze your school’s mission statement; list the elements of the mission statement that are reflected in your daily activities?


  • Is your mission statement brief, compelling and inspiring? 
  • Was it collaboratively developed and is it owned and known by all?
  • Is it directly aligned with your district’s and state’s mission? 
  • Has your mission statement proven its effectiveness in moving your school forward?
  • If not, describe your plan for revision.
  • Watch the video Johnny the Bagger

Resources: The Middle Level Leadership Center

Safe and Orderly EnviromentStudents getting on bus


Identify and Understand: Components of a safe and orderly environment

  • What are the components of a safe and orderly environment that you have for your school?
  • What areas can you identify that need improvement?
  • Who are the safety support personnel in your school?
  • What assessment tools are available to check your environment?
  • What are the review procedures for your safe school’s plan?


Read Colunbine High School Massacre

After watching this video clip, identify the strengths and weaknesses of the actions taken

  • What would you do differently and why? 
  • As a result of watching this video, what would you change about your current safe school plan? 
  • Do you know and can you identify the troubled children in your school? What resources or interventions are in place in your school to assist troubled youth?


Climate of High Expectations

Identify and Understand: Through curricular offerings, instructional practices and administrative practices does your school demonstrate high expectations for the learning of all students (OEPA Standard 7.1.2).

  • Identify the components of an effective culture.
  • Identify the specific components that are in place at your school.
    • Examples being rigorous course offerings, professional learning opportunities, awards and recognitions
  • Explain how these components at your school create a climate of high expectations for student learning.


Watch the video by the Ritz Carlton (The Delay)

After watching this video clip, consider how the Ritz Carlton set a standard for high expectations and service excellence.


  • Compare the type of service you offer your stakeholders to that of the Ritz Carlton.
  • Based on these observations what would you do to encourage the improvement of high expectations in your school?
  • Create a checklist of what you would look for to see if a school had high expectations.


Frequent Monitoring of Student Progress

Identify and Understand:  Highly effective schools are data driven and empower stakeholders to be accountable for learning.  Collecting and analyzing data is a continuous process for improving the delivery of instruction to meet students’ needs.

  • What types of data are available are available to a principal?
  • What evidence do you regularly collect and analyze to judge the effectiveness of your school?  How do you insure that this is a continuous process?
  • How can the evidence be used to affect learning at your school? 



  • Does your school utilize student data notebooks?  What kinds of data could student data notebooks include?  What role do student data notebooks play in increasing student responsibility, goal-setting, and achievement?
  • List the times you gathered and analyzed data in your school this year?  What was the impact to your school, subgroups, and individual students?
  • What systems do you have currently in place for stakeholders to be leaders of their own learning?



Positive Home-School Relations


Identify and Understand: 

  • How do home-school relations affect student learning?
  • What community and collaboration partnerships are in place at your school?
  • How does your school environment welcome and respect families from all walks of life?
  • How do these partnerships and relationships create respect and value for your school?


You have been given the task of soliciting feedback from the community on how to strengthen the relationship between home and school.  Develop strategies and an action plan you would use to solicit input from your families.


Identify and evaluate school-wide efforts to create or establish effective two way communication and meaningful involvement of parents.


Opportunity to Learn and Student Time on TaskTeacher and student


Identify and Understand:  Does your school structure maximize instructional time to provide opportunities for positive learning experiences?

  • What are the instructional minute requirements for elementary, middle, and high school?
  • What are the specific curricular requirements as per policy 2510?
  • What obstacles exist in your school for maximizing student time on task?
  • What steps do you take to over-come these obstacles?


Evaluate how efficiently you use your time.
Create the data to evaluate student time on task. 
Calculate the number of instructional and non-instructional minutes in your school day.
Create a data table and evaluate on any given day how many interruptions, transitions, and non-instructional activities occur.  
Analyze your findings of the instructional minutes.  Are you maximizing your instructional time?


  • How many interruptions happen on a daily basis in your school?
  • How can you optimize your schedule to keep on task?
  • Using the data table template created above how often do you revisit your instructional time on task?


  • WVDE – Special Education – RTI (2510)
  • Instructional Practices Inventory (IPI) by Jerry Valentine

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