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Start with the Facts. Strengthening Denver Public Schools’ Education Pipeline. A + Denver • Colorado Children’s Campaign • Metro Organizations for People. Background-Denver’s Public Schools: Reforms, Challenges and the Future, 2009. Project of A+, CCC and MOP Focused on results and strategies

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start with the facts

Start with the Facts

Strengthening Denver Public Schools’ Education Pipeline

A+ Denver • Colorado Children’s Campaign • Metro Organizations for People

background denver s public schools reforms challenges and the future 2009
Background-Denver’s Public Schools: Reforms, Challenges and the Future, 2009
  • Project of A+, CCC and MOP
  • Focused on results and strategies
  • Compared DPS performance indicators to state, other urban systems
  • Little change in student outcomes from 2000-2006 but began to see positive changes in recent years
  • Instruction strategies and programs began in 2002 and 2003
  • Denver evolved from centralized system to more “portfolio” managed in 2007
achievement highlights 2009
Achievement highlights- 2009
  • Small improvement in most grades and most subjects CSAP
  • Large achievement gaps with all groups
  • strong ACT gains in short time
  • About half do not graduate in 4yrs, bottom third of urban districts
  • Difficult to compare to other urban districts because of no national test in Denver
state of improvement strategies 2009
State of improvement strategies-2009
  • Overall strong commitment to reform from district and board “DPS deserves credit for willingness to to tackle so much all at once”
  • Denver Plan- “Positive but not conclusive”
  • ProComp- “Positive 1st year evaluation”
  • New Schools, Performance and evaluation- “Awaiting higher achievement in general”
start with the facts 2011
“Start with the Facts” 2011
  • Continued collaboration A+, CCC and MOP
  • Focus on student outcomes
  • Did not evaluate or compare DPS strategies (little change from 2009 except for implementation on some like new schools)
  • ECE to college data
  • Pipeline data better today but still not complete particularly at ECE-grade 3 and at end of high school levels
  • Best data for measuring quality of pipeline is college success not easily available!
enrollment more denver students attending dps schools but many choosing other districts
Enrollment: More Denver students attending DPS schools, but many choosing other districts

Number of Children (3 to 5 Years Old) Attending DPS Preschool and Full-Day Kindergarten

  • Preschool increased 30 percentage points from 2005 to 2010, rising from 3,403 to 4,530 students
  • Full day K increased 80 percentage points, rising from 4,048 to 7,297 students.
  • 81,431 students in Denver today (high mark since 1974)
  • 4,317 out of district students choice in while 7,732 DPS students choice out (net loss of 3,415)
  • About 51.8% do not graduate in 4 yrs. Improvement for grad rates for those that start w DPS high schools and for 5 yr and 6yr grad rates
dropout and graduation rates
Dropout and graduation rates
  • Dropout rates have dropped significantly
  • 4yr graduation rates have slightly improved
  • 4yr graduation rates for students starting in DPS high schools have improved
  • 5 and 6yr grad rates have improved
reminder of why it matters
Reminder of why it matters
  • Each student that fails to graduate will cost the state $524,000 in lost taxes and increased social/health costs (DPS class of 2010 will cost CO $1.2 B)
  • 70% of CO jobs in 2020 will require a career certificate or degree
  • Of 100 that enter CO 2 yr colleges, only 6 graduate in 4 yrs
  • Of 100 that enter CO 4 yr colleges, only 31 graduate in 8 yrs
recommendations data and reporting
Recommendations Data and Reporting
  • ECE to 2nd grade achievement should be tracked and reported publically
  • Student growth and achievement should be given equal weight in reporting
  • It’s not enough to send kids to college if they are not prepared (remediation rates are major concern)
  • College matriculation and success rates should be tracked and reported for the district and each high school program
correlation is not causation next steps
Correlation is not Causation: Next Steps
  • Many strategies…from human capital, instruction, portfolio management, etc
  • Some strategies like ProComp have specific evaluations, most do not
  • There is no comprehensive evaluation related to big picture improvement
  • What’s driving improvement, what’s not working? Why?

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