School Accountability Committees

School Accountability Committees


Douglas County School District recognizes the importance, shared responsibility, and partnership between family, schools, and community. Parental (including guardians and other members of the student’s family involved in the student’s education) involvement in the education of students contributes greatly to achievement, and to the positive school environment and experience. And an important piece of parent and family engagement is School Accountability Committees (SACs).



Regional SAC Trainings

Thank you to those SAC members who attended our trainings. We hope you found the information helpful and shared what you learned with your SACs. The training presentation is linked on the side of this page. Feel free to share and use with your SAC. If you have any questions or would like to request additional training, please let either Matt Reynolds or Alison Rausch know. Thank you!



NEW! Online SAC Training Module 

Understanding the Role of the School Accountability Committee

We are excited to share that CDE now has CDE logoa free, self-paced, online course intended for School Accountability Committee members to learn more about the legislation and best practices.  The target audience is potential and new SAC members, but we encourage all SAC members to take it!


SAC Responsibilities

SAC responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Advising the principal concerning the preparation of the school's Unified Improvement Plan (UIP).
  • Making recommendations to the principal concerning priorities for spending school funds.
  • Helping school staff increase parent partnerships with teachers, fostering the parents' role in creating student READ plans as well as addressing habitual truancy.
  • Helping school staff increase the level of overall parent engagement with the school.
  • Assisting the district in implementing, at the school level, the district's Parent and Family Engagement Policy.
  • Working to recruit people to serve on the School Accountability Committee.
  • Meeting at least quarterly to discuss whether school leadership, personnel, and infrastructure are advancing or impeding implementation of the school's improvement plan

In schools on Priority Improvement or Turnaround status, the SAC is also responsible for:

  • Publicizing and holding a SAC meeting to discuss strategies to include in a school Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan, and using this input to make recommendations to the local school board concerning preparation of the school Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan prior to the plan being written.
  • Publicizing the district's public hearing to review the school's written Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan.


DCSD School Accountability Committee Liaison

The Douglas County School District School Accountability Committee (SAC) Liaison is the point of contact for SAC trainings and resources. The SAC liaison is available to provide training and resources regarding SAC roles and responsibilities, by-laws and state accountability, as well as, answering SAC questions. 

Matt Reynolds
Learning Services Officer
[email protected]


DCSD Parent and Family Engagement Liaison

The Douglas County School District Parent and Family Engagement Liaison is the point of contact for parent and family engagement resources, as well as a liaison between the District, Colorado State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education, School Accountability Committees, and the District Accountability Committee per CRS 22-32-142 (c).

Alison Rausch
Director of Parent, Community & Civic Engagement
[email protected]


School Accountability Committee Websites

As we receive the website addresses from our schools, we will update the listings below. If your school SAC website is not listed, please email the link to [email protected]. Contact your school's principal for more information.

SAC Resources & Tools

SAC Handbook


DCSD Parent and Family Engagement Policy 

Parent's Guide to DCSD 2023-24

SAC Duties

SAC Membership Flow Chart

SAC Member and Officer Roles

Sample SAC Recruitment Letter

DCSD SAC Directory

SAC Training Modules (Videos)

Overview of School Accountability Committees

SAC Role in School Performance Frameworks

Slides from Regional SAC Trainings 2023-2024

SAC Resources & Tools from the Colorado Department of Education

SAC/DAC Training Materials

Understanding the Role of the SAC

SAC and DAC Responsibilities Inventory

SAC/DAC Training and Family Engagement Promising Practices Training Materials

Colorado Department of Education UIP Home Page

UIP 101 Webinar

Revisions to the UIP Template 2019-2020

UIP Quality Criteria Rubric - School

Biennial Flexibility for the UIP

2021-22 UIP Changes Document (PDF)

Short Cycle and UIP 2021 (PDF)

UIP Process for Small Schools in Large Districts

Annotated School Performance Frameworks (SPF)
This annotated SPF was created to help your SAC understand the new CDE Performance Frameworks.

SAC Logo

DCSD SAC LogoDCSD schools are welcome to use this School Accountability Committee logo on their website and on their school's SAC agendas, minutes, invitations, etc. The logo is for general use and is not customized for each school. However, if your school wishes to have a version of this logo with its school name listed, please email [email protected]


Download SAC Logos

To download, right click on the image and 'Save As'

SAC Logo with White Background
SAC Logo with Clear Background

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 303-387-0127.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.


Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records at this link ( Douglas County School District Transcripts and Records Requests ).