Denver Public Schools has recently received a slew of accolades, however, at its current pace, the district will not reach its strategic academic goals. In five years, 80% of third graders are supposed to read on grade level; today only one in three do.
A review of Denver's decade old ProComp, a look at other innovative teacher pay systems, and a detailed model for how existing Denver Public School spending could be reorganized to better compensate teachers.
This follow-up report examines how Innovation status has affected the school climate, workforce composition, and student outcomes at the initial eight schools and eleven additional schools granted Innovation status between May and August 2011.
In the paper on Denver Public Schools, we provide three goals for achievement and access, as well as additional context, historical benchmarks, and eight annual indicators to gauge progress towards these goals.
In January 2012, the SchoolChoice Transparency Committee was created to receive and interpret two separate third party reports analyzing the SchoolChoice process and data. This letter addresses the University of Colorado Denver’s first analysis.
The purpose of this report is to provide preliminary data about the Innovation schools that will help DPS and its partners understand the changes that have occurred since schools gained Innovation status.