District accredited with performance rating for third year

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 4:45pm

Rating continues to rise given gains in academic performance year-over-year

For the third consecutive year, Adams 12 Five Star Schools has been accredited as a Performance District. The recent state release of preliminary performance ratings for schools and districts show the Five Star District continues to make strong strides in the right direction.

The Five Star District received 63.2 percent of framework points, an increase of more than 6 percent since 2016 when the district received its first accreditation as a Performance District. The 2018 results also represent the highest score the district has received since the state moved to its new ranking system in 2016.

To arrive at an overall evaluation of a school’s or district’s performance (DPF), the state considers three key performance indicators. Those measures of educational success include: academic achievement (how well students are doing mastering standards), academic growth (how much academic progress a student is making from year-to-year compared to their peers with similar achievement results), and postsecondary and workforce readiness.

The Five Star District saw improvement in two of the three key performance indicators - academic growth, and postsecondary and workforce readiness.

Overall District Peformance

The Five Star District demonstrates greatest sustained academic growth over the past four years when compared to other school districts in Colorado serving 10,000 or more students. From 2014 to 2018 the district saw an improvement of five percentage points, nearly five times greater than the closest comparable district in points of improvement.  

DPF Percentage of Points from 2014 to 2018 DPF Percentage of Points from 2016 to 2018
District performance from 2014 to 2018
District performance from 2016 to 2018

Academic Growth

Improvement in the academic growth indicator can be attributed to gains at all levels in the recent release of growth scores on a variety of student assessments. The results show ongoing academic progress “cohorts” or “groups” of students are making year-over-year as compared to their peers with similar achievement results.

Growth metrics provide another view of the performance of a school, district or group of students. While achievement is focused on the performance at a point in time, growth provides an indication of what happens in between the assessments.

Overall growth in academic performance was seen at all levels; as a result, 12 schools received their highest performance score to date.

Twelve schools receive their highest performance score to date:

  • Coronado Hills Elementary - Performance rating with 58.8 percentage points

  • Hillcrest Elementary - Performance rating with 64.2 percentage points

  • Horizon High - Performance rating with 74.2 percentage points

  • Meridian Elementary - Performance rating with 96.4 percentage points

  • North Mor Elementary - Performance rating with 70.0 percentage points

  • Prospect Ridge Charter - Performance rating with 90.9 percentage points

  • Riverdale Elementary - Performance rating with 75.2 percentage points

  • Rocky Top Middle - Performance rating with 78.6 percentage points

  • Shadow Ridge Middle - Performance rating with 65.4 percentage points

  • Silver Creek Elementary - Performance rating with 91.7 percentage points

  • Skyview Elementary - Performance rating with 85.1 percentage points

  • The Studio School - Performance rating with 68.3 percentage points

Additionally, four of the district’s five comprehensive high schools went up in percentage points, representing a significant gain since 2017. This growth can be attributed to the implementation of a more unified curriculum across all high schools for the 2017-2018 school year. In addition to the new and improved curriculum, staff put an emphasis on preparing students for meeting academic standards as measured through the PSAT and SAT.

Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness

For the second consecutive year, the district saw significant growth in the percentage of points earned in the postsecondary and workforce readiness indicator — up nearly 17 percentage points since 2016.

On-time graduation rates continue to rise year-over-year in the Five Star District, nearing 84 percent for all students. In addition to all students, the state reports graduation percentages for four specialized populations  — English Language Learners, free and reduced-price lunch eligible, minority students and students with disabilities. All four of these populations saw increased percentages for graduation rates on the 2018 district performance framework.

When it comes to matriculation, the district saw a substantial increase in the percentage of students continuing past high school by enrolling in a two-, or four-year higher education institution, or a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program.

These improvements directly align with the district’s goal to increase the graduation rate while increasing rigor.