The Poudre School District Board of Education is governed using the policy governance model.The Board of Education sets broad policy that establishes the vision and direction of the district for the Superintendent to implement.The most significant policy the Board of Education creates is the District Ends.These are aspirational and visionary goals for the district from which the Superintendent is able to create programs for students.
“Ends is a peculiar word invented to denote a peculiar concept. No other word in our language (goal, result, outcome, product) says quite enough to cover the full meaning of ends. Ends policies define what results an organization holds itself accountable for producing in the world, for which people, at what cost. Ends policies, thus, are very distinctive statements. They are not vague generalizations about improving the quality of life.They are not about what an organization does (that is, the activities it engages in) but about the impact it intends to have. As a result, no matter how broadly stated, Ends are ultimately measurable.Thus they provide for real accountability.” (The Policy Governance Fieldbook, p 81)
The Board last drafted its Ends Policy in September 2006. Over the past three months, the Board and Superintendent have collaborated to clarify the vision and direction of the district based on the changing world and evolving educational landscape.
The new Ends are purposely designed to be visionary and broad, giving the district the focus and direction it needs to support students. Each End has sub-components that describe the way that End is interpreted and then benchmarks to measure the progress of the district toward attaining those Ends.They are formed around the PSD vision: Poudre School District exists to support and inspire every child to think, to learn, to care and to graduate prepared to be successful in a changing world.
For more information, please refer to the Board of Education's District Ends Policy (DE 1.0). You may also read about the Board's current District Ends below.
District Ends Adopted June 2014
Educate...Every Child, Every Day
Poudre School District exists to support and inspire every child to think, to learn, to care, and to graduate prepared to be successful in a changing world.
Foundations for Success: PSD students attain milestones to ensure long-term academic success. PSD measures and monitors individual student progress against these milestones.
- Students in Early Childhood Education through graduation demonstrate levels of achievement in learning skills and content knowledge consistent with high expectations across all academic areas in the Colorado Academic Standards and the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education.
Drama and Theatre Arts
Comprehensive Health and Physical Education
English Language Proficiency
Reading, Writing, and Communicating
Career and Technical Education
- Students successfully manage transitions.
- Students exhibit healthy behaviors in a school environment that supports excellent physical fitness, nutrition, and mental health.
- Students demonstrate college and workforce readiness.
- Students exhibit these 21st century skills within appropriate academic areas and grade levels:
Global and Cultural Awareness
Creativity and Innovation
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Information, Media and Technology Literacy
Social and Emotional Skills
Above and Beyond: PSD students are challenged, motivated, and inspired to reach their personal level of excellence. PSD offers students a broad and diverse set of opportunities that cultivates their talents and offers multiple pathways to high levels of success.
- Students have opportunities to excel in their personal areas of interest.
- Students have opportunities for authentic experiences.
Connections: PSD students are academically and socially connected to their school and community. PSD provides engaging opportunities to support students' individual pursuits and interests.
- Students have opportunities to pursue avenues of personal connection with the world and people around them.
- Students have opportunities to develop and sustain enduring connections with their school communities.