All schools in Colorado have parents at the helm of an Accountability Committee, making sure performance, budgeting, and other important school issues are up to snuff.
FOR A QUICK OVERVIEW, HERE ARE FOUR QUICK POINTS ON WHAT TO LOOK FOR FROM YOUR SCHOOL’S ACCOUNTABILITY COMMITTEE:
1. The School Accountability Committee can be elected or appointed – it’s up to your school board. Regardless, there must be representation by:
- The school principal or the principal’s designee
- At least one teacher who provides instruction at the school
- At least three parents of students enrolled in the school
- At least one adult member of an organization of parents, teachers, and students recognized by the school, and
- At least one person from the community.
2. Whether elected or appointed, the makeup of the board should reflect student diversity.
3. A parent should be selected as co-chair or chair of the committee.
4. The committee’s duties include:
- Meeting at least quarterly
- Making recommendations about the school’s budget
- Making recommendations about a school Performance or Improvement Plan
- Holding public meetings about strategies for the aforementioned plans
- Assisting the district and school personnel to increase parent engagement with teachers.