Posted: Tue, 08/16/2011 - 2:29pm Updated: Fri, 05/19/2017 - 12:58pm

Four Star Schools

 

Created in 1988 by the Department of Education, the Four Star School Award has been in existence for nearly 30 years and signifies a pursuit of academic excellence among both the students and the administration of a school. To receive a Four Star designation, a school must receive an “A” on the state’s A-F accountability system, have excellent ISTEP+ pass rates, carry an overall high graduation rate (if applicable), and show success in closing achievement gaps.

Beginning with the 2009-10 school year, the metrics for award qualification were adjusted and simplified. Additionally, accredited nonpublic schools became eligible to receive the award. The Department conducted a review of the Four Star metrics during the 2016-17 school year to ensure alignment with the state’s new accountability system and more rigorous college- and career-ready standards. Below is a comparison of the criteria used to identify schools for the Four Star designation for 2015-16 performance results (released during the 2016-17 school year), and the 2014-15 performance results (released during the 2015-16 school year):

2016-2017 Criteria

  • Must be an “A” School
  • Student Performance: All Students (10 student minimum)
    • 85% of students passed Grades 3-8 English Language Arts ISTEP+
    • 85% of students passed Grades 3-8 Math ISTEP+
    • 55% of students passed Grade10 English Language Arts ISTEP+
    • 35% of students passed Grade 10 Math ISTEP+
  • Student Performance: All Ethnic subgroups (10 student minimum)
    • 80% of students passed Grades 3-8 English Language Arts ISTEP+
    • 80% of students passed Grades 3-8 Math ISTEP+
    • 50% of students passed Grade 10 English Language Arts ISTEP+
    • 30% of students passed Grade 10 Math ISTEP+
  • Graduation Rate All students (10 student minimum)
    • Graduation Rate: 97.5%
  • Graduation Rate: All Ethnic subgroups (10 student minimum)
    • Graduation Rate: 90%

2015-2016 Criteria

  • Must be an “A” School
  • Combined Pass Percentage: combined pass percentage of English Language Arts & Math ISTEP+ must be in the top 25th percentile for each grade level assessed (10 student minimum)
    • Top 25th Percentile 3rd Grade
    • Top 25th Percentile 4th Grade
    • Top 25th Percentile 5th Grade
    • Top 25th Percentile 6th Grade
    • Top 25th Percentile 7th Grade
    • Top 25th Percentile 8th Grade
  • Percent Passing both Subject Areas: percent of students passing both English Language Arts & Math ISTEP+ must be in the top 25th percentile for each grade level assessed (10 student minimum)
    • Top 25th Percentile 3rd Grade
    • Top 25th Percentile 4th Grade
    • Top 25th Percentile 5th Grade
    • Top 25th Percentile 6th Grade
    • Top 25th Percentile 7th Grade
    • Top 25th Percentile 8th Grade
  • Combined Pass Percentage: combined pass percentage of English 10 ECA & Algebra 1 ECA must be in the top 25th (10 student minimum)
  • Percent Passing both Subject Areas: percent of students passing both English 10 ECA & Algebra 1 ECA must be in the top 25th percentile (10 student minimum)
  • Percent Tested: school must test at least 95% of its student population on English Language Arts & Math ISTEP+