Conditions for School Effectiveness

Conditions for School Effectiveness

What are the Conditions for School Effectiveness?

The Massachusetts Conditions for School Effectiveness identify those research-based practices that all schools, especially the state's most struggling schools, require to effectively meet the learning needs of all students. This tool also defines what each condition looks like when implemented purposefully and with fidelity.

Massachusetts' state system places schools and districts on a five-level scale, ranking the highest performing in Level 1 and lowest performing in Level 5. The strength of this accountability system is undergirded by the state's 2010 Act Relative to the Achievement Gap, which provides tools, rules, and supports for the state to aggressively engage with schools and districts in Levels 4 and 5.

How does CES help in this work?

CES is a DESE-approved vendor for the provision of education improvement services supporting the Conditions for School Effectiveness, defined by DESE as being "necessary for schools to educate their students well." These conditions are aligned with Massachusetts' Race to the Top efforts. Districts or schools may contract with CES for professional development, coaching, and technical assistance. in eight elements:

  • Principal certification and training
  • Teacher recruitment, hiring, and support
  • Data systems for ensuring student success, school success, and for making instructional and management decisions
  • Teacher preparation
  • Teacher coaching
  • Teacher licensure
  • Professional development services
  • Collaboration models/facilitation

How can I learn more?

For more information on the Conditions of School Effectiveness, visit

View a list of the Conditions of School Effectiveness here.


For more information, contact: 
Executive Director
413-586-4900 x5901