Fort Lupton High School was among 21 high schools in the state to receive the state’s Bright Spot award from Gov. Polis.
The schools demonstrated strong growth in student achievement and “the ability to advance learning through challenging times” since 2019, according to a press statement.
The framework lists six phases or bands, ranging from insufficient data, the lowest band, to the top-tier Distinction Plan. To qualify, schools must have advanced more than two bands on their performance framework since 2019. Fort Lupton, for example, advanced from the Turnaround Plan band – the second lowest rating band – to the Improvement Plan band, which is the third highest rated band.
The use of funds will be determined by each school. Examples of eligible uses of funds include increased mental and behavioral health or tutoring services, preparation and prevention strategies for future health emergencies, faculty development opportunities or school improvements.
"We are honored to receive this award from Gov. Polis,” said Re-8 Superintendent Alan Kaylor. “Our community has demonstrated perseverance throughout the pandemic, and those lessons learned will continue to serve us well. I am proud of the staff at the high school as well as the entire district over the past three years in delivering the high quality education and learning for each student."
The schools also receive $50,000 of the governor’s emergency relief fund for investments in such things as expanding student resources, faculty development, preparing and preventing health emergencies and other opportunities to benefit students’ learning experiences, the statement read.
“Congratulations to these schools that have shown strong improvements in results despite the pandemic and to all those that worked to advance students' learning over the last three years,” the governor said in the statement. “The unprecedented challenges schools faced through the pandemic were difficult to navigate. But, your schools, teachers and communities showed incredible resilience, and I am honored to highlight you all.
"I look forward to seeing how you utilize the funding to keep uplifting your students and advance learning," Polis said. "Investing in education ensures Colorado youth are able to thrive and access the high-quality education they deserve.”
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