Denver East Students, Parents, and Community Members,

Thank you for being a part of our fantastic year at East High School!

As we finally settle into fall, our amazing Angels are engaging in the work of the season: celebrating our musical talents with instrumental concerts and the vocal music “Cabaret;” wrapping up the athletics season with great success; preparing for the fall play, “The Diary of Anne Frank;” submitting college applications; celebrating incredible learning that is taking place in our classrooms.

Another sign of the season in the Denver Public Schools is the annual School Performance Framework messaging that occurs from the school district. The School Performance Framework (SPF) is the DPS system for identifying strengths and performance areas in our schools. While there are a number of external organizations that rate our school, the DPS SPF is the one that both provides district-level feedback to the school based on past performance and informs both teacher and principal evaluation.

The School Performance Rating provided to East High School by the school district for the 2019-20 school year is: “Yellow: Accredited on Watch.” This rating is the highest rating provide to high schools in DPS for the 2019 school year.

While this is the second year in a row for the “Yellow” rating, the reasons for the school receiving this rating are very different from the 2018 to the 2019 school years.

In 2018, the Yellow rating was provided as the result of several years of lower, inconsistent growth on the accountability measures applied to the system (Colorado PSAT/SAT, ACCESS-English Language Acquisition, Post-Secondary data, student/parent feedback, etc.).

In 2019, the Yellow rating is provided after a year of much stronger growth outcomes across the data sources in the SPF system. Yellow was anticipated for this year because it takes two years in a row of stronger outcomes for improved outcomes to be represented as Green (Meets Expectations) or Blue (Distinguished). We are confident that we will continue toward stronger outcomes and see a higher indicator of rating as the result of our work together through this year.

The STRENGTHS for Denver East on the SPF this year include:

  • Significant increases in Academic Growth for all student groups on the PSAT and SAT
  • Academic Growth that Exceeds Expectations for second language learners on the ACCESS test
  • Academic Growth that Exceeds Expectations compared to similar schools
  • Graduation Rates and College Access that Exceeds Expectations

The GROWTH AREAS for Denver East on the SPF this year include:

  • Improving the scores of students in every demographic group on the PSAT and SAT
  • Decreasing gaps between demographic group scores on the PSAT and SAT
  • Sustain strong growth for all students for two years (and more) on the PSAT, SAT, and ACCESS assessments

The reason for our significantly increased growth on the PSAT, SAT, and ACCESS tests is simple: our students and teachers did incredible work in the classroom together. While our systems for monitoring and supporting students through the year are improving, it is the strong planning and instruction from our teachers and the high levels of engagement of our students in the classroom that capture the kind of academic growth we have seen over the course of the last year.

Congratulations to our students and our teachers for the academic successes that we are experiencing. We look forward to sustaining and strengthening these outcomes over the course of the 2019-20 school year!

If you would like more information related to the Denver East SPF, or you would like to provide input as this system is revised this year visit:

As always, feel free to call me in regard to any thoughts, ideas, or questions that you would like to share and we will see you at our upcoming parent-teacher conferences!

All the best,
John Youngquist