Here in Denver Public Schools, we have a number of big goals we’re focused on year round to help us reach our vision that Every Child Succeeds. They make up our Denver Plan 2020.
The top goal is ensuring there are great schools in every neighborhood.
Just as our teachers monitor how each student is growing throughout the school year, DPS regularly monitors each school’s progress. We do it with something called the “School Performance Framework," or SPF, which is like a report card for schools.
Just like a report card for students, our school report card shows us useful information about where progress is being made and where we need to focus on improvement.
It considers things like growth on state tests, attendance rates and parent satisfaction.
Our school report card prioritizes student academic growth, or how much progress students have made from one year to the next. Because what’s most important is not where you start but how much you grow.
It also measures how well a school serves students and families … regardless of their background, ethnicity or ability.
All of that is combined into the school’s overall report card rating.
On a scale that’s similar to a stoplight… Schools can receive red, orange, yellow, green or blue ratings.
All schools are working to achieve green or blue ratings.
Each fall, DPS releases a new SPF rating for each school, and school leaders share the ratings with families, along with successes and plans for improvement.
Those ratings help the school leader know where to focus on improvement, and help DPS know how best to support the school.
If a school’s SPF rating – or stoplight color – is blue or green, the top ratings, it is generally doing well in the areas of student academic growth, family satisfaction, equity and more.
These schools can choose from universal DPS supports – like help with curriculum assessment or professional development – to help them go from good to great.
If the rating is yellow, the school has several areas to focus on.
The school can work with instructional superintendents and other partners to develop enhanced strategies for improvement.
If the light is orange or red, the school needs a lot of extra support.
DPS provides even more support for the school to achieve its improvement plan… things like small group tutoring programs or social/emotional resources for students… and may need to make significant changes to the school program or leadership
If a school receives a red or orange rating for several years, then DPS could restart or close the school, working with families and communities to open a new, high-quality school option that will give those students a better chance to succeed.
Each year, families use SPF ratings to help them make choices about the right school for their student.
We’re all about ensuring there are great schools in every neighborhood, and driving toward our vision: that every child succeeds.
For more, visit spf.dpsk12.org