Core Competencies Evaluation (CCE)

  • Denver Public Schools provides a performance-based culture where our mission is to serve our students, and each other. The Core Competencies Evaluation (CCE) was developed to support and align expectations around performance across roles not currently covered under another formalized growth and performance system such as LIFT. CCE competencies were developed in consideration of diverse roles, to define and align the common behaviors that drive district success.

    • The evaluation is based on 5 Competencies with a total of 16 behaviors plus policy compliance
    • The appraisal process utilizes a five-point rating scale
    • Minimum of four touch points throughout the year:
      1. July - Sept: Level Setting and Growth Planning
      2. Dec - Jan: Mid-Year Performance Conversations
      3. Mar: Formal Check-in/Feedback Meetings
      4. June – Aug: Year-end Performance Conversations 

    Who is eligible for the Core Competencies Evaluation?

    The Core Competencies Evaluation is the growth and performance system for centrally managed employees who are hourly/non-exempt (vs. salaried/exempt) and are not in a bargaining unit.  It also includes Food Service Workers, Food Service Kitchen Managers, and a pilot of school based bargaining unit employees in Campus Safety and at 12 schools (Cole, CEC Middle College, CLA, DCIS at Ford, Denver Green School, Dora Moore, Green Valley, Gust, Isabella Bird, McGlone, Montclair & Oakland.)


  • Now is the time to have Mid-Year Performance Conversations.

    Managers should host mid-year performance conversations with employees Dec. 3- Jan 31. Mid-year is a time to formally check in on performance:

    Examine the competencies and discuss demonstration of behaviors and the impact. Discuss progress towards achieving goals and adjust plans and goals as needed (if applicable). Celebrate accomplishments. Address barriers and roadblocks. Target development opportunities for the remainder of the year.

    Employees should come prepared to discuss accomplishments, barriers, solutions, opportunities for improvement and plans moving forward. Remember to document the results of conversations and progress to date.   

    Prepare yourself for conversations using these resources:

    Employees:  Employee Guide

    Managers:  Manager Guide  Strategies  Template   Template Guide

    CCE Mid-Year Checklist