Leader Growth and Development

Guiding professional learning to grow strong leaders

The LEAD growth and performance system is used to communicate performance levels, provide meaningful feedback to inform professional growth planning and guide professional learning for school leaders. LEAD was created through collaboration with current and former DPS school leaders and central office leadership.

The system is designed to be used in tandem with the LEAD Framework so that performance ratings reflect our shared leadership expectations and support school leader growth. Ultimately, the system provides transparency and consistency to support school leader performance and growth.

At the end of each performance year, which runs January through December, school leaders receive final ratings. To determine final ratings, LEAD looks at multiple measures of a school leader’s performance related to Professional Practice and Student Growth.

  • Student Growth: The student growth portion of LEAD is how we link accountability for student success into the system. When measuring student growth, we look at a school’s academic growth on the School Performance Framework, which accounts for 50% of a school leader’s overall rating.
  • Professional Practice: Professional practice is measured by looking at all of the work a school leader does to impact student achievement. This rating makes up the other 50% of a leader’s overall rating. Data from several sources can be used to inform a school leader’s professional practice rating, such as Teacher Perception Survey data, LEAP observation completion rates, handling of human relations decisions, observations by their supervisor and results from the Parent Satisfaction Survey.

To ensure leaders experience growth throughout the school year, LEAD incorporates professional growth plans, progress monitoring conversations and final ratings conversations.