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School Performance Framework

DPS is soliciting feedback on proposed changes to its School Performance Framework. DPS is conducting several focus groups. Click here to find out more information on the proposed changes and for ways to provide feedback.

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DPS would like to thank everyone who participated to share their thoughts and insights on the proposed changes to the SPF. Click here to review DPS’ response to the original whitepaper on the SPF changes.

What is the School Performance Framework?

The SPF (School Performance Framework) is a comprehensive system to help schools focus on strengths and areas for targeted improvement. A wide range of measures are used to calculate ratings of how well each school supports student growth and achievement, and how well it serves students and families.

What Does the Rating Mean?

Based on the percentage of overall points earned, schools receive one of five possible ratings. Click on a rating to view the definition

  Distinguished (80-100%)

Schools rated Distinguished are exceeding district expectations and have very high ratings in both Academic Growth and Academic Proficiency.


  Meets Expectations (51-79%)

Schools that Meet Expectations are performing at the level that the district expects and have high ratings in either the Academic Growth or Academic Proficiency category, or the school has good ratings in both categories. Schools with this rating that have seen a decline in student performance from previous years receive increased instructional supports, such as assistance with enhanced training for staff.


  Accredited on Watch (40-50%)

Schools are rated as Accredited on Watch when they are performing below the district’s expectations. Improvement is needed on either Academic Growth or Academic Proficiency measures. Schools with this rating receive intensive instructional supports, such as enhanced, targeted training for staff, consultation on curriculum and assistance using data to increase student achievement. Accredited on Watch schools that show a lack of improvement from previous years may be subject to interventions, such as replacement of staff or changes in the academic program.


  Accredited on Priority Watch (34-39%)

Schools rated Accredited on Priority Watch are performing significantly below expectations and are expected to dramatically improve student achievement. Accredited on Priority Watch schools receive intensive instructional supports, such as enhanced, targeted training for staff, consultation on curriculum and assistance using data to increase student achievement. These schools are subject to interventions that may include changes to academic programs or school staff or implementation of school-turnaround strategies.


  Accredited on Probation (up to 33%)

Schools rated Accredited on Probation are performing significantly below expectations and are expected to dramatically improve student performance. Accredited on Probation schools receive intensive instructional supports, such as enhanced, targeted training for staff, consultation on curriculum and assistance using data to increase student achievement. Accredited on Probation schools require additional budget review, and the district provides additional financial resources and strategic planning supports to help the school improve. These schools are subject to interventions that may include changes to academic programs or school staff or implementation of school-turnaround strategies.


How Are Schools Evaluated?

Every DPS school that is included in the SPF is evaluated in the following categories: Click on the category to view the definition

» Academic Growth

This category focuses on how much students are learning from year to year. Academic Growth is a meaningful measure because it applies equally to students at all academic levels—regardless of whether a student starts the year advanced, at grade level or below grade level. The Academic Growth rating tells parents how students at their child’s school are growing each year, as compared to students across the state who start the year at a similar level. Academic Growth is the category that receives the most weight in calculating each school’s overall SPF rating.


» Academic Proficiency

This category of measures is a snapshot of how well students performed on state assessments during the previous school year. A school’s rating is based primarily on the percentage of its students who scored at grade level or above grade level on state tests.


» College & Career Readiness*

This category measures how well a high school is preparing its students for post-secondary success. College & Career Readiness includes graduation rates, performance on assessments (ACT, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), etc.) and enrollment in higher-level course work (AP, IB, etc.)


» Improvement In College & Career Readiness Over Time*

This category measures how well a high school is improving its preparation of its students for post-secondary success. This category rates each school on its successful improvement of graduation rates and performance on state and national assessments. It also measures changes in enrollment in AP and IB program coursework and college courses, as well as changes to students’ passing rates on AP and IB tests.


» Student Engagement

This category measures how effectively a school engages and creates a connection with its students. Attendance rates, results from student-satisfaction surveys, and availability of enrichment and special education offerings are factors that are used to determine a school’s Student Engagement rating.


» Enrollment Rates

Enrollment is a measure of how likely students are to stay at their school from year to year. This category is included in the SPF rating as an evaluation of how effectively a school is meeting the needs of its students and families. Dropout rates are also used in calculating this rating for high schools.


» Parent Satisfaction

This category is based on responses to the DPS parent-satisfaction survey at your child's school. It also takes into account the response rate on the survey for your school.


* High School Only