Some of the most innovative DPS programs in recent years were supported or made possible by the $56.6 million mill levy override approved by Denver voters in November 2016. CareerConnect, for example, provides DPS students with early exposure to thousands of career options, and the Paraprofessional-to-Teacher training program helps current DPS paras attain their teaching degree at little to no cost and also diversifies the district with a higher number of teachers who reflect the demographics of DPS students.
Three years after receiving funding for implementation or expansion, how are each of the 10 funded programs faring? Since 2017, the Mill Levy Oversight committee, comprised of DPS parents, teachers, staff and community members, has closely followed each program and developed an accountability system to track how mill levy funds are spent and the impact the programs have on student achievement.
The Mill Levy Achievement Reports provide a snapshot of key data and important takeaways of the DPS programs supported by 2016 mill levy funds. These funds are used for ongoing support for teachers, social-emotional supports, enrichments, technology and other initiatives.
The programs included in the full Achievement Reports are:
- Dual Enrollment
- Early Literacy
- Principal Pipeline
- Summer Academy
- Teacher Leadership and Collaboration
- Whole Child
View the Achievement Reports in Spanish here.