Official reports are the performance frameworks used to determine district accreditation ratings and school plan types. In normal years, the department generates two reports for each school: one based on a single year of performance results, and one based on multiple years of results (up to three). The report that provides the most representative picture of student performance is designated as the official performance framework. Informational framework reports are provided to inform planning and other decision-making processes.
In 2016, the department produced performance framework reports that combined performance data across Elementary, Middle and High School levels. Typically, performance frameworks evaluate each grade range separately. The Combined EMH reports were created in response to the state assessment transition, which limited the amount of data available to generate framework reports. Combined reports were only produced for districts and for schools that serve multiple grade spans.
The 1-year framework report evaluates performance outcomes for a single year of Academic Achievement, Academic Growth, and Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness results. The 3-year framework report incorporates multiple (up to three) years of results. Given that there had been interruptions in state data availability due to the pandemic, the department was unable to produce three-year frameworks in 2023. CDE calculated two-year frameworks in 2023 and will plan to calculate three-year frameworks in 2024.
Explore Data Dashboards
The Performance Snapshot provides an overview of key elements from the most recent District and School Performance Framework Reports and Unified Improvement Plans.
The Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR) Dashboard displays the 4-year, 5-year, 6-year and 7-year graduation rates, completion rates, dropout rates and matriculation rates for Colorado high school students.
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.