As a Colorado school district, Cherry Creek is engaged in key initiatives to improve the quality of teaching and learning for all students so that they are prepared for college and postsecondary success.
Three major initiatives frame Colorado's efforts:
- Colorado's Achievement Plan for Kids (SB 08- 212) focuses on the development of new standards, assessments, 21st century learning skills, and postsecondary workforce readiness with a goal of graduating all students prepared for college or career.
- Educational Accountability Act (SB 09-163) provides a new accountability system for Colorado Schools.
- Great Teachers, Great Leaders (SB-191) creates a new evaluation system for Colorado teachers, specialized service providers, and principals with effectiveness determined through the combination of professional practices and measures of student learning.
Each of these efforts is important in their own right. But when combined, there is a powerful effect on the overall learning experience for all students.
How do standards and assessments, accountability and teacher evaluation work together?
The figure below demonstrates the integration of the initiatives for quality teaching and learning for all students. Standards are an expression of our high expectations for students related to college readiness and postsecondary success, and provide the framework for our teachers to deliver high quality instruction. Accountability for standards is measured through the state assessment system and educator effectiveness. Instructional improvement occurs through a commitment to continuous improvement. Through our model of continuous improvement and supports, such as professional development and instructional materials, staff is prepared to meet the goals of inclusive excellence and college preparedness and postsecondary success.