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The system performance priority empowers the District to define and measure what matters most

Since the inception of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), there has been a bright light on accountability in American education. In the Douglas County School District, we embrace our responsibilities to our students, staff and community, and welcome quality accountability at all levels and for all aspects of our educational organization.

In 2011, we launched a strategic plan that worked to create the accountability structures, processes and mechanisms we hope to see in American education – accountability systems that measure the most important outcomes from each part of our system. We pushed ourselves to make sure that the accountability systems we envisioned and built were of the highest quality, embraced authenticity, and were focused on rigorous and important outcomes – outcomes expected by our business partners and higher education – and that would serve our students well.

Three years later, we have developed a professional pay system for all employees that embraces quality assessment of the most important things they do for students as the basis of their pay increases. We are also well into the process of creating a balanced assessment system that creates a body of evidence for each of our students on the most important knowledge and skills that they must acquire to be, as Dr. Tony Wagner would say, college, career and citizenship ready for the 21st century. We also ‘broke ground’ on professional pathways for our staff – pathways which provide the opportunity for all staff to grow and promote in ways that are unique to their particular strengths and desires.

We also shattered the dysfunctional and outdated step and lane salary schedules of the past that focused on inputs to drive pay. Instead, we moved to a market-based pay system that starts by paying employees using supply and demand of the market place, and then places their future increases in their hands and the hands of their outputs in our system and for our students.

As we look toward the next three years, we plan to stay the course in developing, implementing and refining our balanced assessment system for students. This includes all of the various system components. We also plan to continue to refine our professional pay system throughout the District. New additions include the creation of district performance reporting mechanisms, a school accreditation process aligned to district expectations, and various communication tools for parents and community members. 

 

Defining and measuring what matters most
-Defining what matters most to our stakeholders
-Developing a cutting-edge System Performance Framework that will measure student, educator, school, leader and District performance
-Integrating authentic measurements that will lead to continuous improvement for our students and allow our stakeholders to remain informed

PARKER- School leaders, educators and students in the Chaparral feeder are coming together to develop an open dialogue about strengthening collaboration and communication within the feeder to best meet the needs of the students and families they serve.

CASTLE ROCK - Last year, the Professional Development (PD) department spent time refocusing and streamlining the kind of training that is being offered to Douglas County School District (DCSD) employees. PD staff began this process in response to feedback from teachers who were expressing a desire to slow down and incorporate more professional development in integrating content, literacy and math.

This semester, a group of Douglas County School District (DCSD) teachers and administrators have worked to review the Continuous Improvement of Teacher Effectiveness (CITE) evaluation tool and have presented a number of changes to District leadership.

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) budget team is among a rare few school districts in the nation that have earned budget awards from both the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO). What makes it even better is that this is the second consecutive year DCSD’s budget team has won both honors.

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) has released the results of its recent staff survey, which shows that District employees are not only aware of the District strategic priorities – Safety, Choice, World Class Education and System Performance – they also feel empowered as they make progress on this important work.

Feedback received from the public has helped to shape a new and improved Master Capital Plan. The revamped document unveiled this month is intended to better inform decision making, by providing Board of Education members and all stakeholders with easy-to-understand information about the District’s needs, as well as the most efficient use of capital funding. This is especially important, given the significant growth expected in the District over the next 20 years.

In Douglas County, instructional best practices are at the center of the teacher evaluation system.

CASTLE ROCK – The Douglas County School District (DCSD) has long said that its goal is attaining and retaining the best employees for our students. A new report shows that we are achieving that goal. 

This week marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day and the Douglas County School District (DCSD) has plenty to celebrate. DCSD is a national leader in school sustainability, which is about more than just being environmentally friendly. It is also about saving money.

When most of us were in school, assessments were a thing to be feared.  Some of us, no doubt, still awake from nightmares of pop quizzes, final exams and standardized tests, as well as those never ending rows of multiple choice bubbles.

 On Wednesday a group of employees, representing just about every school and department gathered together for a sneak peek of the new tool that will revolutionize the way we do business here in the Douglas County School District.

When most people think of testing, the first thought probably has something to do with #2 pencils and standardized tests.

District News

The Douglas County School District Board of Education welcomes Dr. Thomas S. Tucker into the role of Superintendent of Douglas County School District. Dr. Tucker officially leads the 68,000 student district as of July 1, 2018.

 

Nearly 1,500 Colorado students applied for the prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarship this year, with 42 being named recipients. Of those, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) is proudly home to four recipients.

 

When it comes to mental health services, communities traditionally focus on supporting kids as needs arise. This work is crucial for the safety of our students. Equally important, though, is prevention-based programming that can help, early on, prevent the social-emotional challenges our kids may be experiencing from escalating.