Colorado Department of Education

Performance Framework Reports and Improvement Plans


Go beyond test scores and take a deeper dive into how schools and districts are doing.

What are Performance Frameworks?

The Colorado Department of Education publishes annual School and District Performance Frameworks (SPFs and DPFs) that provide annual school plan type ratings and district accreditation ratings under the state accountability system. Official ratings are based on student outcomes on key performance indicators: Academic Achievement, Academic Growth, and Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness. Districts and schools earn points for each key indicator, and then points are combined to determine the overall percentage of points earned. The State Board of Education defines cut-points for accreditation ratings based on the overall percentage of points earned on the performance framework. Districts and Schools are assigned ratings as displayed by the triangles in the graphics below. The colored lines beneath the respective triangles indicates the possible ratings with score ranges.

Learn more Visit CDE's District and School Performance Frameworks page.

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