Star ratings: the poverty factor

Boise State Public Radio has crunched some numbers on Idaho’s new school “star ratings,” and found lingering evidence of a longstanding problem.

Schools with higher poverty rates tend to score lower on the ratings, designed to measure academic performance and student growth.

From a story today from Boise State Public Radio’s Adam Cotterell: “38 percent of five-star schools have more than half of their students qualifying for free and reduced lunch. Sixty-three percent of one-star schools are in that camp.”

Five-star schools are the highest rated schools in the state; 91 of 648 public schools received this ranking. One-star schools must file improvement plans with the state, and receive state assistance in improving their grade; 22 schools fell into this category.

To read more about the star ratings, released last week, click on our story. And to see how your school fared, go to our searchable data center.