Durango School District 9-R

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The district advisory accountability committee (DAAC) has several responsibilities that it is expected to accomplish annually. A brief description of these responsibilities follows:

Program Accountability

The members of DAAC annually review the goals and objectives of each building’s unified improvement plan. Commendations, questions, and recommendations are made to the school advisory councils and to the board of education.

After consultation with DAAC and review of the recommendations, a compilation of the school building goals, objectives, and plans shall be included in an annual report to the public. The plans shall include the district’s high, but achievable goals and objectives for the improvement of education in the district and a district plan to improve educational achievement, maximize graduation rates, and increase the ratings for the school’s accreditation category.

Financial Accountability

The membership of the committee shall make recommendations to the board relative to the board of education of such school district relative to the prioritization of expenditures of school district moneys. Whenever the school district accountability committee makes recommendations, it shall attempt to consult with the school advisory councils in the school district. The board of education shall consider such recommendations made by the accountability committee in adopting the budget of the school district for any fiscal year.

Charter Responsibility

The DAAC must review any charter school application submitted to the local board of education.


In adopting content standards each district shall seek input from and work in cooperation with educators, the community, and the district’s advisory accountability committee.

Conduct Code

The DAAC could be involved as a part of the requirement that the board consult with parents, teachers, administrators, students, and the community at large when developing and adopting a conduct and discipline code.


The DAAC provide feedback on the development of the school calendar.

Critical Elements

Every accountability program must:
  • Measure the health and effectiveness of the school/educational system;
  • Articulate standards expected;
  • Hold the system accountable for results;
  • Respond to community needs;
  • Foster learning by improving instruction
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of all programs;
  • Report results to the public; and
  • Examine data to reveal performance.

Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the DAAC so important?
Colorado law requires boards of education to appoint a district accountability committee to ensure parental and community involvement in the district’s educational program. The committee’s duties include:

Annual review of each school’s student achievement goals and action plans as published in their accountability reports
Special study projects as identified by the Board of Education

How does the DAAC improve student achievement?
The DAAC is responsible for reporting to the Board of Education, parents, teachers, administrators, and the public on how well 9-R schools perform at helping students acquire the skills and knowledge outlined in the district’s Results. Through its annual review and publication of school and district accountability reports, the DAAC ensures that:

Individual school learning goals for students are aligned with district, state, and federal academic standards
School action plans and resources are used to support those goals
Assessments results are used to modify teaching strategies, curriculum, and other educational programs to improve student achievement

How is the membership committee structured?
  1. One parent from each school in the district. Parent members must be members of their school advisory councils and may not be employees of the district, nor related to an employee of the district.
  2. Two teachers from the elementary level.
  3. One teacher from the middle school level.
  4. One teacher from the high school level.
  5. One school administrator, either a principal or assistant principal, from any school in the district.
  6. Three non-parent, community members. One of these community members should be a person involved in business. It is preferred that one be from the minority population and one from the non-profit sector.
    • Parent members will be nominated by their school advisory council.
    • Community members will be nominated by a committee formed from the membership of the DAAC.
    • A teacher body will nominate teachers.
    • The district’s K-12 principals will nominate administrator members.
    • The board of education will determine the membership of the DAAC by appointment and is not bound by the nomination process.
The committee reports directly to the 9-R Board of Education, which approves the DAAC members and gives the committee its charges every year.

What is a Unified Improvement Plan?
Unified improvement planning is the most essential duty of the School Advisory Council. It is the blueprint for change that improves students’ learning. We have a separate page with additional information about Unified Improvement Plans and links to the plan for each school.

How often does the DAAC meet and how do I volunteer?
The DAAC meets the third Wednesday of every month, September through May. Meetings go from 5:30-7:30 p.m. To volunteer please contact your school principal or the Office of the Superintendent:

Sarah Berggren

Phone: 247-5411, ext. 1448
Email: sberggren@durango.k12.co.us
Common Documents
DAAC Minutes
DAAC Agendas