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school performance framework
August 21, 2019
These 30 people will help reimagine Denver’s controversial school rating system
“This is going to be messy and emotionally charged."
August 20, 2019
Raising the bar or moving the goalposts? Changes pending for Colorado school rating system
It could soon be harder for Colorado schools to earn the state’s top ratings.
June 19, 2019
These 277 schools are NYC’s highest achieving under ESSA’s new accountability measures
This is the first year that New York has measured progress inside schools based on ESSA, which gives states more freedom in determining how to improve schools.
April 3, 2019
Calls are mounting to change Denver’s school rating system. Here’s how it works now.
What exactly is the school performance framework, how is it used, and why are there so many complaints about it?
Measure of Success
December 12, 2018
State ratings identify 163 Colorado schools in need of improvement
The vast majority of students in Colorado attend a school with one of the two higher rankings.
Making the grade
January 24, 2018
Release of first school-level report card designed by Shelby County Schools set for Friday
Even though the district is using similar data points to the state, officials say they will generate different results because they are comparing only local schools.
December 22, 2017
Concerns about reading scores and school ratings prompt Denver district to send letters to families
Early elementary school students in Denver will get individual reading progress reports.
Updated December 15, 2017
Civil rights and community groups: Adjust inflated Denver elementary school ratings
“Parents rely on the accuracy of the district’s school rating system, and providing anything short of that is simply unacceptable."
December 4, 2017
Why Denver’s school rating system is coming under fire on multiple fronts
Some say the system is making bad schools look good. Others say the opposite.
blue and green
Updated October 12, 2017
Record number of Denver schools earn top ratings on latest district quality scale
In all, 122 of Denver Public Schools’ more than 200 schools are rated “blue” or “green.” Just 10 schools are “red,” the lowest rating
ABCs of the SPF
October 27, 2016
Your guide to understanding Denver Public Schools’ color-coded school rating system
Known as the School Performance Framework, or SPF, the district’s system rates schools from blue (the highest) to red (the lowest).
October 27, 2016
Fewer Denver schools earn top ratings after switch to tougher state tests
"We knew the new assessments would be at a more challenging and complex level," Superintendent Tom Boasberg said.
October 19, 2016
Denver Public Schools lowering the bar on school rating measure in response to concerns
The adjustment involves scores on state standardized tests and comes after school leaders were given preliminary ratings last week.
school quality review
September 15, 2016
For Denver schools facing closure, a high bar to prove they deserve another chance
A panel convened by DPS has recommended that schools must score at least 25 out of 40 points on their school quality review.
By the numbers
September 22, 2014
More schools at the top and the bottom in Denver rankings
The number of schools in Denver earning top marks on the district’s school performance framework increased this year, but the number of schools in the lowest category also increased for the second year in a row. Today, sixty percent of students in the district are attending schools ranked either green or blue—down one percent from last year.
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