Denver Public Schools Announce Districtwide Progress on School Performance Framework

DENVER — Denver Public Schools released the results of the eighth School Performance Framework (SPF), which looks at a comprehensive set of factors to create a rating for each of the district’s nearly 200 schools. These parent-friendly ratings range from Distinguished, or Blue on our ratings “stoplight,” to Accredited on Probation, or Red.

The overall rating summary for the DPS 2016 SPF:


% of Schools

Distinguished (Blue)


Meets Expectations (Green)


Accredited on Watch (Yellow)


Accredited on Priority Watch (Orange)


Accredited on Probation (Red)


DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg highlighted examples of strong growth in the results this morning at Trevista at Horace Mann, a Northwest Denver school that was rated Red in 2013. Boasberg and Denver Board of Education Vice President Barbara O’Brien joined Trevista Principal Jesús Rodríguez, Trevista teachers, and students to celebrate that school’s first-ever Green rating. 

“I know how hard it is to get here,” O’Brien, who served with community members and families on the Northwest Working Group to improve area schools, told the Trevista team. “It’s heroic work, and we all thank you for what you’ve done.”

Rodríguez said the school is determined to reach the very highest rating or Blue.

“Last year, we painted our doors blue because we want everyone … to see that we are on a mission to be blue,” he said.  “We know we have a long way to go, but the determination of our staff and community make the future bright blue for us.” 

“Our families entrust our work and partner with us to fulfill the hopes and dreams of the children that we share,” said Trevista teacher Jessica Mullins. “We celebrate our kids… who show us on a daily basis the possibilities for their futures.” 

Joining in the celebration at Trevista were school teams from Fairview Elementary, University Prep Charter School, Collegiate Prep Academy, DSST: College View High School Charter and Respect Academy, a multiple pathways school. All of these schools saw strong results on the SPF.

“This means we are closer to ensuring that our students who struggle the most with poverty have a great education,” said Fairview Principal Antoinette Hudson, whose school on the edge of the Sun Valley neighborhood. “Setting high expectations for student learning is extremely important.”

“Clearly one of the things these schools have in common is overwhelmingly serving students who come from families in poverty and helping … those students achieve extraordinary growth,” Boasberg said, telling the assembled school leaders: “The work that you are doing to drive the growth of our students is the most important work we have in our society today, and I speak on behalf of our whole community in thanking you for that work.”  

Among other highlights in the data: 

· Among schools identified as alternative education campuses, 7 of the ten schools that were rated Orange or Red in 2014 increased to Yellow or Green.

· Among our 23 schools receiving intensive district supports because of a history of poor performance, 14 improved their ratings between 2014 and 2016; 5 stayed the same and four went down.

Boasberg said the SPF also highlighted challenges the district is facing.

“Overall, the number of Green and Blue schools are down this year, which comes as no surprise with new state standards,” he said. 

The 2016 SPF is the first released by the district since the implementation of more rigorous academic standards and assessments. Boasberg has supported the tougher standards as more in line with what students truly need to be prepared for success in college and career.

“We celebrate the achievement of our schools that have achieved Blue status, but we also want to work to achieve a higher bar for our schools,” he said. “For example, next year, we will have a higher bar for our high schools.

He also noted the significant gaps among students by ethnicity, race, and income: “Our commitment as public schools is to ensure all of our kids succeed, and it is fundamentally a civil rights mission.” 

For the first time this year, DPS schools are receiving an equity rating based on how well they are supporting students in poverty, students of color, English learners and students with special needs.

The rating is determined by performance on existing measures, such as state assessments, but it’s being pulled out to emphasize high expectations for all kids, Boasberg said. While it is not part of a school’s overall rating this year, it will be included on the 2017 SPF. 

“A year from now, all schools will be required to be closing gaps in order to be Green or Blue,” he said, “so we can ensure we are serving all of our students.”

Learn more about how DPS monitors, supports and holds schools accountable at The site also is available in Spanish.


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DaVita and Frank Bonanno Announce Food Education Partnership

DENVER — DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and a leading provider of kidney care services has announced an innovative partnership with well-known Denver chef, Frank Bonanno. 

The partnership includes an online video series on food preparation for kidney care patients and the community and DaVita as the exclusive health care sponsor of Bonanno’s PBS television series, Chef Driven.

Frank Bonanno is the culinary mind behind nine of Denver’s finest dining and drinking establishments. The restaurant group shares the passion for amazing food, thoughtful service, and for making every meal a special one.  Frank is also the author of the Mizuna cookbook, the Luca icookbook and the host of Chef Driven on PBS.

Chef Driven, produced by Left of Frame Pictures, takes you across the mountain landscape with Chef Frank Bonanno as he visits the farmers, ranchers, brewers, and bakers who share his connection to the Colorado soil and his spirit of artisanship.

DaVita Kidney Care is committed to improving the quality of life for those diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD) through diet, nutrition and education. Recipes and kidney-friendly diet tips can also be found on the DaVita® Kidney Diet Tips blog and on Pinterest.

Those with kidney disease can take advantage of DaVita Diet Helper –– an easy-to-use meal planning tool that tracks phosphorus, potassium and sodium levels. It also features more than 1,000 recipes that are kidney-and diabetes-friendly.

More than 31 million Americans have kidney disease, which can progress to end stage renal disease. Most are unaware of their condition, as the disease is often symptomless until its late stages. Individuals at higher risk for kidney disease include those with diabetes or hypertension, as well as adults age 65 and older, African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans.

About DaVita Kidney Care

DaVita Kidney Care is a division of DaVita Inc., a Fortune 500® company that, through its operating divisions, provides a variety of health care services to patient populations throughout the United States and abroad. A leading provider of dialysis services in the United States, DaVita Kidney Care treats patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. DaVita Kidney Care strives to improve patients’ quality of life by innovating clinical care, and by offering integrated treatment plans, personalized care teams and convenient health-management services. As of June 30, 2016, DaVita Kidney Care operated or provided administrative services at 2,293 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 185,000 patients. The company also operated 127 outpatient dialysis centers located in 11 countries outside the United States. DaVita Kidney Care supports numerous programs dedicated to creating positive, sustainable change in communities around the world. The company’s leadership development initiatives and social responsibility efforts have been recognized by Fortune, Modern Healthcare, Newsweek and WorldBlu. For more information, please visit 

About Bonanno Concepts

Bonanno Concepts is a chef driven restaurant group dedicated to satisfying meals, outstanding service, education and community; Frank Bonanno is the chef at the helm of the group. Daily inspired by the beauty of Denver and the bounty of the Front Range, Frank strives to cultivate relationships with farmers, growers, and craftsmen in order to bring his guests the freshest, the finest and the best. Chef Driven is Frank’s way of sharing his discoveries with you. 

The videos can be viewed here:

DaVita Eats: Grilling with Frank Bonanno
DaVita Eats: Salmon with Frank Bonanno
DaVita Eats: Oven Baked Chicken with Frank Bonanno
DaVita Eats: Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs with Frank Bonanno
DaVita Eats: Flank Steak With Frank Bonanno

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