New Rating System Holds Schools Accountable
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) It's the second day of school at Twin Falls High School. While it may seem like business as usual schools across the state will be evaluated under a new five star rating system.
"Probably the biggest thing for the students is that all of the juniors now have to take the SAT statewide and you know part of the 5 star program rating system is how our students do on that SAT,” stated Ben Allen principal of Twin Falls High School.
Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction introduced the new rating or accountability system to create a 21st century education system. This means every student graduates and every student is prepared for post secondary education for the work force.
Area schools received their first grade just last week and officials, including Twin Falls superintendent Wiley Dobb, are looking for ways to improve by the end of the school year. "The vast majority of our schools rate in the 4 or 3 star levels so we are very pleased with that. One of our alternative schools is a 1 star rated school however they made AYP and not many alternative schools made AYP so we are trying to bridge the gap there of understand and moving from one system to the other”.
For all schools in the Gem State this year will be a transition, one that students will also have to adjust to.