School Accountability Committee

Purpose of an Accountability committee  . . .

    •  Serves in an advisory role to the principal. The principal is responsible for implementing the accountability process in the school.
    • Adopts school goals/objectives for the improvement of education at Arvada that are aligned with the district Strategic Plan and with the state statute.
    • Adopts a plan to improve educational achievement, maximize graduation rates, and support school safety and a welcoming environment aligned with district policy.
    • Reports on the educational performance of the school and provides data for appraising such performance to students, parents, staff, Board of Education and other educators.
    • Makes recommendations to the principal and district leaders regarding the prioritization of expenditures of district funds.
    • Selects from its members a chairperson who is not an employee of the school district, as well as a co- chairperson and a recorder.
    • Adopts rules of operation consistent with district policy and state statute.
    • Approves the school’s Unified Improvement Plan for each school year.
    • Reviews the school’s progress on goals/objectives established for the Unified Improvement Plan, as well as the annual report to the community.
    • Makes recommendations for the spending of school moneys, including private, state and federal grants.
    • Develops, revises, and/or monitors a school safety plan consistent with district policy.

An Accountability Committee is Not . . .

    •  A mini school board
    • A group that evaluates district personnel
    • A group that makes hiring and firing recommendations
    • A policy-making body
  • From:  Handbook for Colorado Educational Accountability:  A Guide to State Accountability and Accreditation by the Colorado, Department of Education, July 2004


  • All recommendations will be based on the well-being of Arvada Students
  • Meetings will be issue based rather than people based - names cannot be used
  • Everyone agrees to be positive supporters of the committee
  • Committee respects time limits as well as differing opinions
  • In the event a vote is necessary, there will be one vote per household.  The household must have been present at one previous meeting in order to vote.
  • Items presented for the agenda will be discussed at the next meeting
  • Information at the meeting will be made available on the school website and in the monthly school newsletter (including how decisions were made)


  • Sep. 23, 2020
  • Dec. 9, 2020
  • Feb. 3, 2021
  • Apr. 14, 2021

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) created the Unified Improvement Plan (UIP) to streamline improvement planning efforts. The UIP incorporates state and federal accountability requirements into a single improvement plan, and provides a roadmap to assist districts and schools in this work.

The Unified Improvement Plan (UIP) focuses on and highlights student achievement through standardized measures, however, Jeffco feels that climate and culture are also a vital part of the overall school environment and has a significant impact on student achievement.

In our October meeting we’ll report on prior year goals and create new health and wellness, welcoming environment, school safety, parent and community involvement goals as well as 2 goals based upon Make Your Voice Heard Survey data. 

Good and attainable goals and progress in this area will have a positive impact on students and student achievement and provide our Accountability Committee an opportunity to positively impact our school community.

We can have great ideas and positive changes come out of Accountability.  This is a place for parents to work as partners at Arvada.  We hope you can be part of a tremendous impact on how we operate. 

Meeting Minutes:
Accountability Meeting Minutes (2020-2021)
Accountability Meeting Minutes (2019-2020)

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