Originally developed as the scoring criteria for the National Schools of Character Awards program, the Character Education Quality Standards was released by Character Education Partnership to provide schools and districts with a self-assessment tool for their character education initiatives. They are based on CEP's Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education. The Character Education Quality Standards are a great tool for character education committees to work together to reflect on current practices and identify long-term objectives.
Character Education Quality Standards outlines key components of effective character education and allows schools and districts to assess their efforts in relation to these criteria. This instrument provides a means for reflecting on current practices, identifying short and long-term objectives, and developing or improving a strategic plan.