In Colorado, it is a statutory requirement for every school to have a District Accountability Committee (DAC). The Education Accountability Act of 2009 SB 09-163 and the Rules for the Administration of Statewide Accountability Measures (Updated April 11, 2013) state that the DAC shall have the following powers and duties:
- Recommending to its local school board priorities for spending school district moneys.
- Submitting recommendations to the local school board concerning preparation of the district’s Performance, Improvement, Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan (whichever is applicable).
- Reviewing any charter school applications received by the local school board and, if the local school board receives a charter school renewal application and upon request of the district and at the DAC’s option, reviewing any renewal application prior to consideration by the local school board.
- At least annually, cooperatively determining, with the local school board, the areas and issues, in addition to budget issues, that the DAC shall study and make recommendations upon.
- At its option, meeting at least quarterly to discuss whether district leadership, personnel, and infrastructure are advancing or impeding implementation of the district’s performance, improvement, priority improvement, or turnaround plan, whichever is applicable.
- Providing input and recommendations to principals, on an advisory basis, concerning the development and use of assessment tools to measure and evaluate student academic growth as it relates to teacher evaluations.
- For districts receiving ESEA funds, consulting with all required stakeholders with regard to federally funded activities.
- Publicizing opportunities to serve and soliciting parents to serve on the DAC.
- Assisting the district in implementing the district’s parent engagement policy.
- Assisting school personnel to increase parents’ engagement with educators, including parents’ engagement in creating students’ READ plans, Individual Career and Academic Plans, and plans to address habitual truancy.