STAR Elementary Schools Celebrate Gains

The Board of Education recently recognized 12 elementary schools with STAR Awards for significant gains in student achievement.

This year’s winners are Addams, Bixby, Bryant, Burroughs, Emerson, Henry, King, Lafayette, Longfellow, Lowell, Naples and Whittier elementary schools.

The STAR schools succeeded despite significant budget cuts, said Jill Baker, assistant superintendent for elementary schools.

“These schools represent communities where everyone came together to use what resources they had to the greatest degree possible,” Baker said.

Students, staff and parents from the winning schools participated in the awards ceremony at the board meeting.

Schools can follow one of two paths to win the STAR Award (Student Success + Terrific Teaching = Academic Results).

Path one includes a state Academic Performance Index (API) of 850 to 950 on a scale of 1,000; API growth of 7 points or more; Federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) growth in English, math or combined (7 percent or more); and positive gains in all areas.

Path two includes an API of up to 850; an API growth target that has at least tripled; AYP growth in English or math (7 percent or more); and positive gains in all areas.