Quality Review

The Quality Review is a two- or three-day school visit by experienced educators to each New York City school. During the review, the external evaluator visits classrooms, talks with school leaders, and uses a rubric to evaluate how well the school is organized to support student achievement.

The Quality Review was developed to assist New York City Department of Education schools in raising student achievement. The process is designed to look behind a school’s performance statistics to ensure that the school is engaged in effective methods of accelerating student learning.

Before a reviewer visits a school, the school leadership creates a self-evaluation based on the Quality Review rubric. Reviewers draw upon this document and other school data during conversations they have with principals, teachers, students, and parents during the school visit. Reviewers have these conversations to develop a well-rounded perspective of the way in which schools use information about outcomes to guide teaching, set goals for improvement, and make adjustments (e.g. to the curriculum or via the use of resources).

After the site visit, the school receives a Quality Review rating and report that is published on its DOE website. This document provides the school community with evidence-based information about the school's development and serves as a source of feedback for the school leadership to improve the school's support for students.

Documents for the 2013-14 Quality Review

Quality Review Schedule

The schedule for all Quality Reviews taking place between January and May 2014.

2013-14 Quality Review Rubric

Quality Review Big Ideas

This document captures the essential components for each indicator and sub-indicator of the 2013-14 Quality Review rubric.

Quality Review Selection Criteria

Updated selection criteria that determines schools that receive a formal Quality Review in 2013-14.

If a A Quality Review report is not available for a school, please refer to the Statistics & Budget portion of the school’s DOE website; additional Quality Review reports may be available there. Because schools in their first or second year of existence are not formally reviewed, and other schools get reviewed at least once every four years, some schools may not have historical Quality Review data.

Quality Review Scoring and Report Structure

Guidelines for scoring and report structure that align to the Quality Review rubric.

For More Information

Resources for Schools
Resources for Reviewers


For questions and comments, email the Office of School Quality.