Built by school leaders for school leaders, Polarys takes raw state exam data and finds the actionable information you need to make real change.
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What is Polarys ™?
Polarys provides actionable information for school leaders by analyzing publicly available state and school data and looking for hidden insights that can lead to transformative change.
Unlike other school data systems, Polarys is about analysis, not aggregation. Our goal is to help you understand what the data means, not just how to find it or generate a nice graph.
Polarys gives you:
- Demographically-adjusted standardized testing analysis
- A network of True Peers ™
- Comparative standardized testing scores against a tailored benchmark
- Comparative school management data against True Peers
How does it work?
We’ve gathered publicly available school performance, demographic, and structural data; analyzed it using our own algorithms; and presented the outcomes in a user-friendly format.
The Polarys Data Analysis system:
Strips Out the Noise
Unlike every other option, we take into account the impact of exam variability and student demographics on exam outcomes. This means you get an authentic understanding of how well your school is doing with your unique student population.
Connects True Peers
Stop comparing your school to your neighbors. Or worse – the wealthy community on the other side of the state! Schools need to share best practices with other schools that understand their challenges. Polarys identifies the 10 most demographically-similar schools so you can see who may have the secret sauce for working with kids like yours – and be willing to share the recipe.
Provides Leads for Improvement
Polarys connects outcomes, like student performance on exams, with school management choices. These include the structure of the school, the staffing strategies and budget allocations.
What is a “Polary Score”?
State accountability systems typically compare schools to one another. Polarys takes a totally different approach.
Polarys asks “how did this school do compared to a reasonable expectation of how they should have done?”
Your Polarys Score is the number of points your school scored on the state exam relative to the number of points you would be expected to score, given your demographic reality.
POLARYS™ BY STATE
Polarys draws from publicly available testing, demographic, and structural data. For this reason, we take a state-specific approach.
Polarys is now available to all Vermont school administrators through our partnership with the Vermont Rural Education Collaborative and a generous foundation grant.Register Here
Polarys NC is now available to those enrolled in, or who have completed, our Data Boot Camp training program. Contact us to renew your subscription.
Interested in bringing Polarys to your state? Contact us.