Each year the state of Colorado monitors the effectiveness of schools using achievement and growth data derived from CMAS results, SAT scores, dropout rates, and graduation rates. Using this data, the state evaluates the school's Achievement, Growth, Growth Gaps, and Post-secondary Readiness performance and gives each school a score on a scale from 1 - 100 on their individual School Performance Framework. Our 2022 Polaris' School Performance Framework (SPF) status was at the Performance level, with an overall score of 76.2 points. The state of Colorado considers Polaris one school serving students in grades K-12, therefore we receive one SPF report each year using data from all grade levels.
Although Polaris is proud of our results on these traditional assessment measures, we also like to make other pieces of data available so that families can get a broader perspective on what we have to offer. We invite you to have a glimpse at our 2021 Connections Survey results, this provides insights into how students in grades 4-12 fell about their connections to adults, peers, and interests.
Because Polaris is often seen as a school that "does things differently," we often get asked "how do your students do when they go on to college?" This is a valid question, and although we don't have access to our alumni's college data we have received data from FRCC that speaks to how our students are doing in college while still in high school. If you review these College Now results it will provide a snapshot into how our Polaris students are performing within their Concurrent Enrollment courses both on and off our campus.
Now that the brunt of the COVID pandemic has passed, and assessments have returned in their entirety, we anticipate a new School Performance Framework for the 2021-2022 school year. It would be our first "report card" from the state in three years.