What is the process for submitting our SPARC?
The steps for submitting your SPARC are:
- Logon or set up a new account. Each school may have only one account. Check with your administration to get your account information.
- Create your SPARC.
- Submit it for review.
- Complete the survey.
What is the submission deadline?
SPARCs are due by close of business on March 3, 2017.
Is it acceptable if our Student Support Team includes a graduate student intern?
Yes, a graduate student intern can participate in creating your school’s SPARC. However, your SPARC contact must be a permanent school site employee.
Who has to sign our SPARC?
Your SPARC does not require digital signatures, but it does require approval from various individuals. In the Approvals section, you will write in the names of people who have confirmed the information in your SPARC and/or approved its submission. This list must include all members of Student Support Team, one parent and one student representative, the Principal and the Superintendent/CEO. Inclusion of a person’s name signifies participation in, approval of, and/or permission to post your SPARC.
What happens if we accidentally submit our SPARC before it is finished?
Select the contact/feedback link located at the bottom of every Web page. Complete the form and in the Message box explain you did not mean to submit your SPARC and you would like it returned to you, then hit the send button. You should receive a response to your request within one or two business days.
What happens after we submit our SPARC?
All SPARCs are reviewed after the submission deadline. You can check the status of your SPARC by logging into your account and selecting the Manage SPARC page, then looking at your SPARC status. If your SPARC is still being reviewed, you will be unable to edit it.
Who should we speak with if we have questions?
If you have questions about SPARC, select the contact/feedback link located at the bottom of every page, write your question into the textbox and select send. You should receive a response to your request within one or two business days.
How should we format our SPARC?
SPARC Online automatically formats your SPARC. In addition, the following formatting is required:
- Make sure your SPARC is free of typos.
- Make sure the data in the Student Outcome chart is included in the narrative.
- Write to a general audience.
- Write clearly and concisely.
- Use your school’s official name the first time and then use its shortened name or acronym thereafter.
- Do not use ampersands (&).
- Upload the highest possible resolution of your school’s logo.
- Print your SPARC and have several people review it before you submit it.
We strongly recommend that you complete your SPARC using the template
[DOC] to organize, save, and peer review your information. When you are satisfied with what you have written, cut and paste your content into the online application.
There are three examples of completed SPARCs on the Instructions
Can we change the SPARC logo?
No, the SPARC logo may not be changed.
Where can we review last year’s SPARCs?
What happens when our SPARC passes the review process?
SPARCs that pass the official review process will receive a SPARC Seal on their SPARC and a Certificate of Participation.
Will we have an opportunity to revise our SPARC if it does not pass the official review?
While schools have historically been able to revise their SPARCs based on extensive feedback from SPARC reviewers, this may not be possible due to limitations in the amount of staff available for review and feedback. To ensure your SPARC will pass the review, follow the requirements and helpful hints provided in the instructions.
If we submit our SPARC in January can we receive our SPARC Seal sooner?
No. SPARCs are reviewed collectively after the submission deadline. Your school will be notified after April 1.