Policies and Procedures
Policy AE- Comprehensive Accountability System
The Denver Public Schools is committed to lead the nation's cities in student achievement, high school graduation, college preparation and college matriculation. To reach these high standards, the District must align all aspects of its operations to drive improvement in teaching, learning and school performance. Therefore, the District shall establish a comprehensive accountability system to assess the performance of its schools and departments, as well as its employees in all levels of the school system. Under this system, the District will set measurable standards for performance, establish aligned incentives and interventions, and make public reports on the progress of its schools and departments to meet those standards.
The Denver Public Schools Comprehensive Accountability System (DPSCAS) will adhere to the following guiding principles:
- The DPSCAS will drive improved student performance at all levels of the school system.
- The District will develop all indicators, measures and metrics that inform the DPCAS.
- Student achievement is the primary measure of performance of all schools and departments under the DPSCAS. The District will incorporate multiple measures, including measures of performance other than student achievement, where it is possible and where it will improve the quality of performance information.
- The DPSCAS will inspire all DPS employees and students to make their best efforts to improve their performance.
- The District will align incentives and interventions for students, employees, schools and departments based on the standards set by the DPSCAS.
- Principals, teachers, managers and other employees will use the standards to guide the setting of goals and objectives for their schools, classrooms, departments and jobs.
- The DPSCAS will build confidence of the Denver community in our schools and the District by setting high expectations for our students and their schools, and by offering a model of open and transparent reporting of progress toward our standards for student achievement.
- The Superintendent will make an annual report to the Board of Education based on progress toward the standards set by the DPSCAS. In addition, the Superintendent and District staff will provide the Board with reports as needed.
- Annual reports and other District accountability tools shall be concise and simple in order to be easily understood by the public, and shall be readily available through web-based formats.Adopted: June 21, 2007
Repeals Policies: AE - Accountability/Commitment to Accomplishment
AE-C - Accomplishment Reporting to the Public
AE-E - Accountability Process Timeline