Student-Centered Accountability Program (S-CAP)
Colorado’s accountability system is designed to meet the needs of large districts and is based on a single measure. For rural communities, this often means there are multiple categories where they don’t receive a rating due to their small “n” size. Additionally, communities largely don’t know how to interpret state district performance frameworks in a way that supports their engagement in making the school successful. As a result, rural districts have come together to develop an accountability system and process supported by the community and their peers in rural education that helps them achieve the outcomes families are looking for.
OUR CURRENT WORK
The Student-Centered Accountability Program (S-CAP), is a collaborative effort by ten rural districts in Colorado to create a more comprehensive system of accountability than the state DPF system and to focus on "whole child" accountability through continuous improvement of the system. The program is focused on providing parents and the community accurate, well-rounded information to be used for strategic and continuous improvement.
Ten rural districts champion this work and through a grant from the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation and support from the CREC, the University of Colorado – Denver and Battelle for Kids, the work will expand in the next few years to include 30 districts.
Resources: S-CAP Website
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OUR PAST WORK
WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED