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.