Details of STAR Act
The STAR Act focuses on the lowest-performing 5 percent of schools to create a grant program in which states get money to give to school districts to implement one of these four models:
- The transformation model, which replaces the principal, strengthens staffing, implements a research-based instructional program, provides extended learning time and implements new governance and flexibility.
- The turnaround model, which replaces the principal and rehires no more than 50 percent of the school staff, implements a research-based instructional program, provides extended learning time and implements new governance structure.
- The restart model, which converts or closes and reopens the school under the management of “an effective and high-quality charter operator, charter management organization or education management organization.”
- The school closure model, which shuts down the school and enrolls students in higher performing public schools within the district.
The STAR Act also emphasizes the importance of building national, statewide and district capacity for turning around low-performing schools and districts by:
- Identifying and disseminating “best practices” for school turnaround.
- “Facilitating the creation and operation of communities of practice.”
- Developing school quality reviews teams, and
- Identifying and disseminating effective rural turnaround practices.