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SAC Responsibilities

In Colorado, it is a statutory requirement for every school to have a School Accountability Committee (SAC). The SAC is an advisory committee, not a governing body, that advises the principal on school performance, budget priorities and parental engagement. 

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 SAC shall have the following powers and duties:

  1. Making recommendations to the principal on the school priorities for spending school moneys, including federal funds, where applicable.

  2. Making recommendations to the principal of the school and the superintendent concerning preparation of a school Performance or Improvement plan, if either type of plan is required.

  3. Publicizing and holding a SAC meeting to discuss strategies to include in a school Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan, if either type of plan is required, and using this input to make recommendations to the local school board concerning preparation of the school Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan prior to the plan being written.

  4. Publicizing the district’s public hearing to review a written school Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan.

  5. Meeting at least quarterly to discuss whether school leadership, personnel, and infrastructure are advancing or impeding implementation of the school’s Performance, Improvement, Priority Improvement, or Turnaround plan, whichever is applicable, and other progress pertinent to the school’s accreditation contract.

  6. Providing input and recommendations to the DAC and district administration, on an advisory basis, concerning principal development plans and principal evaluations. (Note that this should not in any way interfere with a district’s compliance with the statutory requirements of the Teacher Employment, Compensation and Dismissal Act.) *Points 5 & 6 do not mean that the committee is responsible for conducting principal evaluations. However, they are able to provide recommendations to DAC and district administration on the process and system for evaluations. This can be input on things like the type of evaluations used, what metrics they find important, or the overall evaluation system itself. While any district’s evaluation system must meet the guidelines outlined in S.B. 10-191, that law, in addition to the SAC statute, allows parents and guardians to provide input in that process.

  7. Publicizing opportunities to serve and soliciting parents to serve on the SAC.

  8. Assisting the district in implementing at the school level the district’s parent engagement policy.

  9. Assisting school personnel to increase parents’ engagement with teachers, including parents’ engagement in creating students’ READ plans, Individual Career and Academic Plans, and plans to address habitual truancy.

For more information and resources on how to successfully conduct your School Accountability Committee, please see the Colorado Department of Education's Promising Practices For Family Engagement Resource Page. The Douglas County School District Parent Liaison is the point of contact for parent engagement committee trainings and resources, as well as a liaison between the District, Colorado State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education, School Accountability Committees and the District Accountability Committee per CRS 22-32-142 (c).