Charter School Administration

Academic Goals

The Office of Charter Schools mission is to support, develop and hold accountable high-performing charter schools that prepare Detroit children for college and careers. In accordance with this mission, we have established academic targets for Detroit Public Schools-authorized academies.

Office of Charter Schools academic targets call for each general-admission academy outperform Detroit Public Schools and to close the achievement gap by 70 percent at each grade level, based on growth on the NWEA MAP and/or Scantron Performance Series test from Fall to Spring each year. Schools are required to test all children in grades 2-8 in the Fall, Winter and Spring (see Testing Windows.) DPS provides NWEA MAP testing licenses for every student.

In holding schools accountable, we are measuring student learning against the national ACT college readiness standard. We have done this, in part, because the adoption of national Common Core Standards is raising the bar, and we must prepare our students for the new playing field on which they must compete.

Joint Accountability Agreement DPS EAA Authorizers 2012

2017-18 Testing Windows

The following are the windows during which the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments should be administered.

Fall Testing Window September 7 – October 19, 2017
Winter Testing Window (Optional) January 8 – February 15, 2018
Spring Testing Window April 24 – June 8, 2018

Meetings, professional development & student outreach

RSVPs are required for all training sessions. For information, call the Office of Charter Schools at (313) 873-7927.

Academic Training Calendar 17-18

Marzano Essentials Training – Teach to Reach for Deepening Core Instruction
Wednesday December 20, 2017, 9 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
University of Michigan Detroit Center
3663 Woodward Avenue, South Studio Room
Detroit, MI

This workshop will explore the understanding of Deepening Core Instruction Strategies by focusing on the implementation within classrooms. Participants will reflect on deepening instruction and related student evidence to uncover students that may need adaptations. The workshop will also help participants to have a clear understanding of what Rigorous and Student-Centered classrooms look like within a school.

Presenter: Peggy Voigt, Learning Sciences International (LSI) Consultant

Overcoming the Achievement Gap Trap-Liberating Mindsets to Affect Change
Wednesday November 29, 2017, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cass Technical High School – Media Center
2501 Second Avenue
Detroit, MI

This workshop will explore the connection between personal and institutional mindsets and academic achievement gaps.  The issue of inequality in student learning outcomes has been studied and debated for many years, but this workshop will seek to establish that the primary culprit in the fight to overcome the achievement gap is our thinking.

Presenter: Dr. Anthony Muhammad, New Frontier 21, LLC

Note: Dr. Anthony Muhammad’s book, Overcoming the Achievement Gap Trap: Liberating Mindsets to Effect Change, will be available for purchase at the event.  Book signing: 2-2:30 p.m.

NWEA MAP Training Comprehensive Brochure
Wednesday September 27, 2017, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
DPSCD Police Headquarters
8500 Cameron
Detroit, MI

DPSCD Office of Charter Schools invites you to attend the NWEA Informing Instruction Workshop. If you’re looking to dig into how you or your staff can use your Measures of Academic progress ® (MAP®) data to inform the development of Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) or Student Growth Objectives (SGOs), this introductory session is for you.

Calm Classroom
Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
University of Michigan Detroit Center
3663 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201

Calm Classroom is a social emotional learning program that is a tier 1 universal intervention for Pre-K through 12th grade students. The program is composed of scripted research-based mindfulness techniques that develop breathing, stretching, relaxation and focusing skills. Students Learn How to Overcome: Difficulty learning in school; Anxiety, toxic stress and trauma; Violence towards oneself and others.

Annual Operations Meeting
Wednesday, August 8, 2017, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
University of Michigan Detroit Center
3663 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201

The Detroit Public Schools Community District Office of Charter Schools invites all school compliance, operations, and finance personnel to go over expectations, requirements, and programs for the upcoming school year. This meeting is mandatory, so please make sure at least one person from your school can attend.