This panel discussion will explore ways that Colorado K-12 schools and districts are “thinking differently” about accountability. The key features of Colorado’s current state K-12 accountability system were established in 2009 by the Educational Accountability Act (SB09-163). While some minor changes have been made in the last nine years, the core features of that system have remained consistent including:
In recent years, local education agencies have explored options for providing a more complete and nuanced picture of school performance to their local communities and providing more diverse and timely information to support continuous improvement.
The panelists for this session have firsthand experiences with these innovations. They include:
Elliott Asp, Senior Partner with the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) – In January 2018, CEI launched a discussion across the state to explore different approaches and offer new perspectives and ideas to evolve the state accountability system.
Ryan Marks, Director of Evaluation and Assessment for the Colorado Charter School Institute (CSI) – CSI annually reviews and accredits schools through a framework that includes academic, financial and organizational performance. In 2018, CSI took a deeper look at accountability for their Alternative Educational Campuses, identifying data points more aligned with these schools’ focus/mission (e.g., serving pregnant and parenting teens).
Lisa Yates, Superintendent of Buena Vista School District and founding member of the Student Centered Accountability Program (SCAP) – SCAP includes 10 rural school districts who engage in annual peer reviews with a focus on multiple measures of student success (including non-academic measures) and system effectiveness, to support continuous improvement. (tentative)
Michelle Murphy, Executive Director, Colorado Rural Schools Alliance – Colorado Rural School Alliance has been working with the legislature to advance state level policy to support innovations in accountability in the field.
Dean Rebecca Kantor, School of Education & Human Development
Appetizers and refreshments will be served.