District 25: Using the STAR System

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Updated: 8/02/2013 8:53 am
The method used to measure your child’s academic success has changed in the Pocatello/ Chubbuck area. The state mandated star rating system will be used to measure the success of schools and districts and will replace previous methods.

Mary Vagner, Superintendent of District 25 explained that, “I would say that our vision admission drives what we do and our teachers are committed every day to make it possible that kids are successful academically and we believe in the strength of relationships and we love our children we nurture our children and we have safe environments in which they will learn and soar as a student.”

The new system also rates school districts using a one to five star tier system. Initial ratings show five star rankings for Chubbuck, syringe and Kinport among others, while new horizon posted a two star rating. Those schools with lower scores have to have a plan in place to remedy the situation and may need what is called intensive support from the district and state. I asked if this support could require further funding.

“With the way we are funded from the state of Idaho it is not based on your star ratings the allocation of federal funds is based on poverty needs and those types of things so we might have some elementary schools that would be getting a greater share of federal funds,” Vagner said.

Moving forward, the star system is generally well liked and has been effective thus far
Superintendent Vagner added that, “It was part of the waiver that the state of Idaho applied for with the federal government and certainly wasn’t our plan but it was mandated and that’s what we’re doing and we're doing it well.”

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