Assessing Progress toward Child-Friendly School System (CFSS) for Secondary Schools
In assessing “CFSS-ness”, what is being assessed would be the extent to which the four basic rights of children, i.e., survival, development participation, and safety and protection have been realized through the seven goals of CFSS.
Context of the Assessment Rubrics
A school can be assessed as either a Beginning, or Developing or Firmly Established CFSS school. A Beginning school is characterized by compliance with the required outputs, with little regard to due processes and minimal pro-activeness. A Developing CFSS school has moved beyond the Beginning stage, puts more efforts in coming up with quality outputs, and exhibits a more systematic effort in forming collaborations and partnership with stakeholders to achieve the CFSS goals. The Firmly Established CFSS school has fully realized the seven goals of CFSS through collaboration and partnership with both internal and external stakeholders.
In keeping with the idea that CFSS is a progressive journey, the assessment uses the indicators of a Firmly Established CFSS school as the yardstick. (Refer to the CFSS Rubrics on page 3-18.) For every indicator a school exhibits, the school earns one point. As an example, in assessing the process of participation in SIP preparation, a Firmly Established CFSS school has three elements: (a) the consultative process with all stakeholders, the approval of the SGC, and the SIP as the material output, A Developing CFSS school has come up with the SIP and has obtained the approval of the SGC, but fails to do consultative process. The score a Beginning school gets is 1; the Developing school gets 2 points: and the Firmly Established school gets 3 points. A school which has no SIP gets no point.
In the criterion, Inclusion of CFSS goals in the SIP, a CFSS school should have included at least five CFSS goals to score 1 point. Below that, the score is 0. A school with six CFSS goals includes scores 2 points and a school with all the seven goals scores 3 points. For the rest of the criteria, every indicator is scored 1 point.
Based on this scoring system, the matrix of scores for each of the goals is as follows:
|Goal |Firmly Established CFSS |Developing CFSS |Beginning CFSS | |1-A |13 |9 |4 | |1-B |15 |11 |8 | |1-C |7 |4 |2 | |Total Points for Goal 1 |35 |24 |14 | |2 |34 |22 |13 | |3 |12 |6 |3 | |4 |14 |10 |6 | |5 |11 |6 |4 | |6 |13 |7 |4 | |7 |7 |5 |3 |
Process of Assessment
Since the purpose of the rubrics assessment is to help the school improve its ways of achieving the seven goals of CFSS, it is desirable that the school and its stakeholders...