Resources for School Accountability Committees

Here is a short summary of the law governing SACs.

Here is our new Guide for School Accountability Committees

Gallup has recently published the results of their research on parent engagement in schools. It is well worth a read by accountability committee members and principals: Part 1 and Part 2.

Would you like to better understand what students' MAP scores imply for their future ACT results? This one pager and this longer analysis will help you to do that.

This new research report takes on the critical issue of the extent to which classroom assignments are rigorous. This is definitely a thought provoking read for SAC members and parents, at a time when we are in the process of a long-overdue increase in the rigor of our state academic standards. And here is a media story on this report.

Achieve, Inc. has released three reports on the results of its survey of students, employees, higher education, and parents on the extent to which high school students are graduating college and career ready. The results are sobering. Here are Report 1 Report 2 and Report 3.

Here are the CDE's School UIP quality criteria. And here is a very useful report from the DK Foundation on increasing parent engagement (a statutory duty of DACs and SACs).

If you'd like to see an example of a teacher performance evaluation rubric that was developed to comply with SB-191, here is Jeffco's. And here is the Colorado Rubric for evaluating principals’ and assistant principals’ performance.

This is an interesting ACT report on the characteristics of high performing high schools. And here is a new analysis from the UK on the characteristics of principals who actually deliver sustained improvements in school performance.

The US Institute of Education Sciences has published a new guide, “How to Use the School Survey of Practices Associated with High Performance.” This is a tool that principals and Accountability Committees should find very useful.

This is the annual schedule of meetings and agendas used by one SAC, and its guiding principles.

Here is an OpEd criticizing the rating that Colorado School Grades gave to Wheat Ridge High School. It provides a good explanation of the School Grades methodology, as well as the School Performance Framework (SPF) methodology, as well as an argument for why they are both flawed. And here is the report by a SAC that contains analyses of both achievement data and the information contained in TELL Colorado reports that were used to develop a deeper understanding of the root causes of the school's areas of superior and performance as well as its priority improvement needs.

If you are concerned about the state of literacy and writing in your school, two new reports may be helpful. The first reviews 20 years of research on improving literacy, and the second summarizes best practices for teaching writing in middle and high schools.