The five Characteristics of Successful Districts are:
- Vision, Values and Culture
- Leadership and Governance
- Decision Making and Accountability
- Professional Development and Staff Quality
- Curriculum and Instruction
The seven Characteristics of Successful Schools are:
- High Academic Standards
- Standards of the Heart
- Family, School and Community Partnerships
- Professional Development
- Evidence of Success
The District Self-Assessment process uses the five Characteristics of Successful Districts to evaluate the effectiveness of district support to a district's low-performing schools. The Self-Assessment requires a team with cross-district representation to summarize strengths and weaknesses within district programs, policies, and procedures. An online reporting form allows a district (with the support of a DPI-trained facilitator) to create a comprehensive report on all data sources gathered as part of the District Self-Assessment.
The District Peer Review also uses the five Characteristics of Successful Districts to evaluate the effectiveness of district support to a district's low-performing schools. The Peer Review is designed to follow the Self-Assessment and involves a two-day onsite district visit by a team of DPI representatives and exemplary educators. The Peer Review team is generated collaboratively by DPI and the district. This visit is different from a monitoring visit, as the purpose of the Peer Review is to validate the findings of the Self-Assessment and offer support to educators within the district as they design strategies to strengthen the areas of need identified in the Self-Assessment.
For questions about this information contact your district's Title I Consultant.