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CHPS National Core Criteria Version 2.0 Released for Public Review

Stakeholders invited to participate in public review of the update to the core national standard that serves as the basis for updates and new state adaptations of the CHPS Criteria.

July 17, 2013 (Sacramento, CA) The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) is asking stakeholders to give feedback on Version 2.0 of the CHPS National Core Criteria. The CHPS National Core Criteria creates a standard that serves as the basis for any new state adaptation of the CHPS Criteria or future updates.

The Core Criteria is being released for a 45-day public review period. Comments will be accepted until August 30, 2013 at 5 PM PDT. Members of the public are asked to submit their comments on the Core Criteria comments form.

"CHPS is excited to offer a comprehensive update to the CHPS National Core Criteria. The goal of the Core Criteria is to create a national framework that serves the needs of state and regional adaptations of the CHPS program,” said John Zinner, co-chair of the CHPS National Technical Committee. "We invite all of the K-12 design and building community to participate in making this tool the best it can be by submitting comments during the public review period.”

The Core Criteria can be downloaded and commented on by visiting: http://www.chps.net/dev/Drupal/national-core-criteria. States or regions wishing to create an adaptation of the CHPS Criteria will be able to begin using Version 2.0 of the CHPS Core Criteria after the public review period has been completed and the Core Criteria is approved by the CHPS Board of Directors.

For the last seven and a half months, six subcommittees have been meeting to refine, modify, eliminate and add new strategies and features to the CHPS Core Criteria, which was released in 2010 for a pilot program.

Virginia CHPS and Hawaii CHPS were developed using the original Core Criteria under the pilot program.

"The goal of this update is to take what was learned from the pilot adaptation process, update the Core Criteria with current best practices, and continue to differentiate it with our focus on schools," said Zinner.

The original version of the CHPS National Core Criteria identified three priorities of improving health and student performance, reducing operating costs, and mitigating environmental impacts, which are reflected in the Core Criteria. States then use the Core Criteria to build in state priorities, local climate and code issues, and other regional variations that make each state’s rating system unique. Over the last five years, thirteen states have developed rating systems for their schools.

The Core Criteria applies not only to the design and construction of new schools, but also to major modernizations and additions to existing school campuses.

CHPS is a 501c(3) non-profit headquartered in Sacramento, CA, with the mission to make every school an ideal place to learn.

July 17, 2013 (Sacramento, CA) CHPS paves the way for future state adaptations of the CHPS Criteria by releasing Version 2.0 of the CHPS National Core Criteria for a 45-day public review today. ~order=2013-07-17
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