Posted: Tue, 08/16/2011 - 2:29pm Updated: Thu, 06/01/2017 - 1:23pm

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. Adjustments to the criteria for Four Star schools have been made over the years. The current criteria are listed below.

Current Four Star School Criteria

  • A school must have received an “A” school for the 2015-16 school year
  • A school must have tested at least 95% of students on ISTEP English/Language Arts and Math.
  • Grade 3-8 Combined ISTEP Pass Percentage (Pass Percentage of English/Language Arts ISTEP+ + Pass Percentage of Math ISTEP+) must be in Top 25th Percentile for each grade tested. (minimum of 10 students)
  • Grade 3-8 Percent Passing Both ISTEP (Percent of students who passed both the English/Language ISTEP + and Math ISTEP +) must be in the Top 25th Percentile for each grade tested. (minimum of 10 students)
  • 2018 Cohort Combined ECA Pass Percentage (Percent of students who had passed English 10 ECA + Percent of students who had passed Algebra I ECA by end of 10th Grade) must be in the Top 25th Percentile. (minimum of 10 students)
  • 2018 Cohort Percent Passing Both ECA (Percent of students who passed both the English 10 ECA and the Algebra I ECA by the end of their 10th Grade) must be in the Top 25% Percentile (minimum of 10 Students)