SSOS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


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What are the Characteristics of Successful Districts?

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

 

What are the Characteristics of Successful Schools?

 

The seven Characteristics of Successful Schools are:

  • Vision
  • Leadership
  • High Academic Standards
  • Standards of the Heart
  • Family, School and Community Partnerships
  • Professional Development
  • Evidence of Success

The characteristics are described in detail in Characteristics of Successful Schools along with school surveys related to these characteristics and other school improvement tools.

 

How does District Self-Assessment work?

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.

 

What is a District Peer Review?

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.