Latest Publications

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    Crisis Communication: Before, During, and After a Crisis or Active Shooter Event
    This guidebook was created to help PREs proactively plan for, and be ready to manage, communications during any crisis that raises extreme anxiety over school safety, that threatens the lives of children and staff, and halts routine school operations. The document also includes specific communication examples from school districts that have experienced other types of crisis such as cyberattacks.
    39 pages
    December 2023
    Building Safer Schools and Communities: Findings and Recommendations from the Joint Task Force on School Safety and Justice
    This document proposes new and innovative approaches to reducing incidents of violence in schools and communities with a focus on shifting mindsets and reframing relationships and practices related to schools, police, and communities.
    25 pages
    November 2023
    Academic Key Performance Indicators, 2023 Report
    The 2023 report presents an updated set of data for school year 2021-22. This report presents several different ways that member districts can analyze the data themselves by disaggregating results, showing trends, and combining variables. The companion online dashboard has been updated with the most recent data allowing districts to conduct several comparisons and analysis beyond what is presented in this report. To access this system, go to
    196 pages
    October 2023
    Between the Lines: Large City Performances on NAEP Over the Last 20 Years (2002-2022)
    The purpose of this brief is to understand differences in student performance between large cities and students nationally over the last 20 years, from 2002 through 2022, as well as after the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also detail the possibilities of large city performance in the years to come.
    46 pages
    October 2023
    Managing for Results in America's Great City Schools, 2023, Results from Fiscal Year 2021-2022
    In 2002 the Council of the Great City Schools and its members set out to develop performance measures that could be used to improve business operations in urban public school districts.
    190 pages
    October 2023
    The Role of Race in College Admissions Applications Q&A
    On June 29, 2023, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling changing its prior interpretation of how race can play a role in college admissions. The plaintiffs in the case were represented by “Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA),” a nonprofit organization that filed separate lawsuits against Harvard College and the University of North Carolina.
    2 pages
    October 2023
    Supporting Excellence: A Framework for Developing, Implementing, and Sustaining a High-Quality District Curriculum
    This 2nd edition of Supporting Excellence: A Framework for Developing, Implementing, and Sustaining a High-Quality District Curriculum is designed to help districts: determine the quality and alignment of curriculum guidance to clarify the district’s learning expectations at each grade-level with a focus on student assets and diverse learners.
    112 pages
    September 2023
    Annual Report, 2022-2023
    The Annual Report features the activities and achievements of the Council of the Great City Schools during the 2022-23 program year.
    24 pages
    July 2023