How are the SPC guidelines changing for the 2018-19 school year?
The DPS Board of Education determined that the current School Performance Compact (SPC) policy guidelines will not be applied for the 2018-19 school year, based on its reflections on past learnings and given the community conversations that will soon launch.
These community conversations are intended to deepen DPS’ thinking about what student and school success looks like and how the district should design support and accountability structures with those factors in mind, both for schools and central teams, so the board felt it was important to adjust the guidelines while engaging in a deep listening process. We have heard from our community about the importance of these conversations and we look forward to hearing community views.
How will the policy be implemented in the 2018-19 school year?
Schools (both charter and district-run) that are rated red on the 2018 SPF will present to the board regarding their ongoing or planned improvement
strategies and their planned or needed supports, along with a presentation of their improvement goals over time.
The district will provide a data dashboard for each red school (both charter and district-run) that includes culture and operational data, along with
The Portfolio Management Team will complete the regularly-scheduled renewal process for all charter schools whose contracts are up for renewal in
Sharp declines in the number of school-aged children in certain areas of our city are expected to continue, so enrollment considerations will continue to
play a role in the board’s decisions about schools, as recommended by the Strengthening Neighborhoods Initiative.
DPS will continue to work to ensure schools have healthy enrollment that makes it possible to offer students robust programming in a manner that
promotes greater socioeconomic integration.
How have past SPC restart or closure decisions been made?
DPS carefully reviews two aspects of each school’s performance: