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School Performance Framework ratings show much to celebrate in DCSD, while work remains

The Colorado Department of Education recently released its annual ratings of every school in the state. There is much to celebrate in the Douglas County School District (DCSD), with many schools showing improved ratings between last year and this year.

Congratulations to Meadow View and Northeast Elementary schools. Each jumped two ratings from “Priority Improvement” in 2016 to “Performance” in 2017. “This is a huge accomplishment and we are incredibly proud of the hard work and commitment of the teachers, school leaders, families and students at these schools,” said DCSD Interim Superintendent Erin Kane.


What is the School Performance Framework?

The Education and Accountability Act of 2009 requires the Colorado Department of Education to issue annual school and district ratings, called “performance frameworks,” to let communities know how their schools and districts are doing. The ratings help identify schools and districts that are struggling, so they can receive additional support, while schools that are succeeding are recognized so that others can learn from them.

Schools receive a School Performance Framework (SPF), which determines their school rating or plan type. Information from state assessments such as PARCC, along with such postsecondary measures as graduation rates, dropout rates, college entrance exams and college matriculation rates, all factor into performance ratings assigned to schools and districts.

Learn more about School and District Accountability ratings.

Here are a few more highlights from the School Performance Framework (SPF).

Congratulations to these schools that received the top 5 SPF scores in DCSD:

  1. Stone Mountain Elementary School

  2. Parker Core Knowledge

  3. Global Village Academy - Douglas County

  4. Mountain Vista High School

  5. Challenge to Excellence

And, congratulations to these schools who moved up one rating (from Improvement last year to Performance this year):

  • Cimarron Middle School

  • Iron Horse Elementary School

  • Mammoth Heights Elementary School

  • Mountain Ridge Middle School

  • Pioneer Elementary School

  • Sage Canyon Elementary School

  • South Ridge Elementary School



District Accountability

Douglas County School District again received the ranking “Accredited - Low Participation." The District’s goal is to get back to the ranking of “Accredited with Distinction.”

“Low participation” is reflective of how many students took the PARCC tests, which are used to rank schools and districts. All but a handful of DCSD schools had “low participation” tied to their ranking. State testing results are ultimately a reflection only of the students who took the tests.

Read this Chalkbeat article for more about the latest dilemma when it comes to opt-outs.

While there is much to celebrate -- there is also room for improvement. Moving forward, DCSD’s school and district leaders are committed to continuing to move Douglas County schools forward. Kane says she looks forward to the challenge.

“As always, it will take all of us working together to get there, but I am certain that we will,” she said.


What are the CDE ratings based on?

Elementary and middle school ratings are based on state assessments in English language arts and math – both the average scores students received in spring 2017 as well as the average growth they showed over the last three years.  Achievement on state science assessments is also factored in. High schools and districts are also rated on graduation and dropout rates, college matriculation numbers and SAT scores. Finally, the ratings include information on specific groups of students based on race, gender, free and reduced lunch eligibility, those in special education and those who are English language learners.


September 21, 2017 | By CSilberman | Category:

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.