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STAR3 is a Federal Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant awarded to the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School District. 
The award was $19.6 million for five years.
STAR³ UPDATES:  April 2015
CONGRATULATIONS:  The following schools achieved "Whole-School Growth Status" through STAR3. This means that the growth for all students/all tested subjects was 1 standard error or greater than the state average:

Diggs-Latham Elementary
Griffith Elementary
Middle Fork Elementary
Konnoak Elementary
Old Town Elementary
South Fork Elementary
Wiley Middle

:  The incentive payouts for the 2013-14 school year have all been calculated and letters to teachers have been sent out.  (If you are at an incentive pay school and did not receive your letter, please contact your principal.)  Middle school bonuses were paid in the February paycheck and the elementary school bonuses will be in the March paycheck.  Some notes about the incentive system:
1.  The incentive system has NOT changed in any respect since the inception of STAR3.  However, the average growth scores have continued to rise.  This corresponds with the improvement in observation scores over the period of the grant.  A teacher's growth score is relative to the average - not in that teacher's school but across all the grant schools. 
2.  All growth calculations are performed by SAS Institute.  This also has not changed over the years.
Finally.....the growth calculations for all schools, including the 1% schools, will be finished shortly.  At that time we will provide data on growth.  We know that three of the incentive pay schools achieved whole-school growth status:  Middle Fork ES, Griffith ES (2nd time) and Diggs-Latham.  CONGRATULATIONS TO THOSE SCHOOLS!!!   But, it is possible that some of the 1% (non-incentive schools) achieved this same status and we want to congratulate those schools as well.  It is a great achievement.  Therefore, as soon as that entire data picture is available, it will be published on this site and reported to the School Board.
ITBS: STAR3 is one of the very few Teacher Incentive Fund projects that tests K-2nd grade.  The Iowa Test of Basic Skils was added in order to include those level teachers and assistants into the performance-based-pay plan.  It has had additional benefits such as providing great insight into the learning progression in the early grades.   STAR3 facilitator April McBride has done a wonderful job organizing the ITBS testing.   Testing at the end of this school year completes use of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills for STAR3.  
Regarding the growth in the early elementary grades........  Teacher have been asking how to drive high growth on the ITBS.  The answer, as our data is clearly showing, is that all early elementary assessments place high weight on basic skills.  This includes the ITBS.  If a student is deficient in basic skills, the wise educator will be the one who ensures that all instruction, INCLUDING TIER II INTERVENTIONS, are targeted and progress monitored.  Not a minute of "catch-up growth" can be wasted.  Students can grow but only if the instruction is high quality and interventions are specifically targeted.  This is what STAR3 data suggests drives the highest growth. 
RTI/PEP:  The first cohort of schools to be trained on the new PEP system begins on March 18th.  GREAT thanks to Robyn Varga and Derrick Dirks for heading up this process.  The PEP system will allow teachers to write targeted interventions for their students and systematically monitor progress.  The final pillar of the STAR3 grant is the implementation of RTI.   (The state of N.C. is now referring to RtI as MTSS or Multiple Tiers of Student Support. is RtI by another name.)  All STAR3 data supports the idea that high quality instruction in the classroom in conjunction with specifically targeted interventions for struggling students and targeted acceleration for higher functioning students drives growth for ALL STUDENTS. 
TEACHER-LEADERS:   The first Teacher-Leader session was held on Wednesday, December 10th.  Some of the attendees to Ron Clark Academy presented a short summary of their "take-aways" from the visit.  The STAR3 Facilitators were in agreement that it was a wonderful session with some serious discussions.  We will post some pictures from the session on this site.
OBSERVATIONS:  We are in the second and final round of observations for STAR3.  For teachers in the incentive schools....remember that a non-proficient observation (averaged over the two observations) will result in a 25 percent reduction in any incentive pay for which you have otherwise qualified.  If you have a non-proficient observation, you may request an additional observation.  Talk with your STAR3 facilitator about this if you have a question. 
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NISL Training for Administrators:  UPDATE on NISL - Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools began a second cohort of NISL starting in February.  STAR3 is proud to have initiated this endeavor and we hope that it will continue to be used for administrator training in the district.

The National Institute for School Leaders (NISL) was selected as the main professional development opportunity for STAR3 administrators.   This 14 month program has just completed the last session. The graduation ceremony took place on August 5th.  Congratulations to all the NISL attendees! 
Special thanks to STAR3 Facilitator, Tasha Hall-Powell, for her work organizing the sessions.  She was our liaison with the NISL training staff.   Also, thanks to Ms. Carol Montague-Davis (Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Schools) and Mr. Steve Oates (Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Schools) for their participation and leadership throughout the training.
STAR3 Professional DevelopmentEach staff member has developed expertise in a number of educational areas and are available to provide training at any of the STAR3 schools.  The STAFF TRAINING document identifies the trainings available. 

Improving the quality (and implementation) of the PEP is a crucial part of building RtI in a school.  During the 2012-13 school year a software program was piloted with very good results.  In the 2014-15 school year all STAR3 schools are being encouraged to utilize the digital PEP program.  For more information on RtI and the PEP (digital program), please contact Ms. Robyn Varga at .  Already half of the schools have indicated readiness for RtI implementation.
Photos from the Graylyn EstatesTeacher-Leader meeting 2014
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Photos from the Tanglewood Park Red Barn meeting.
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Whole-School Growth:   During the 2012-13 school year three schools had growth that was 1 standard error or greater than the state average for all tested subjects and all students.  This is truly an incredible feat and I would like to recognize those schools:
Wiley Middle School
North Hills Elementary School
South Fork Elementary School
Eight of the 15 STAR3 schools had whole school growth that was positive.  That is an improvement from the 2011-12 school year that saw 2 schools with a whole-school positive effect.  In addition, during the 2012-13 school year there were a total of 29 grade levels that had growth at or greater than 1 standard error above the state average.  This is up from 18 during the 2011-12 school year.  

STAR3 Facilitators-Back row: Tasha Hall-Powell, Elease Mills
Nancy Scoggin (assistant director), April McBride.  Front row:
Connie Rogers, Danielle Friel and Sally McCombs
 Important Information on STAR³ Measures:
  1. The observation feedback is provided to the teacher only and should be utilized for consideration of professional 
  2. For the schools with the performance-based-compensation system, two observations scored at less than proficient will reduce any potential bonus payment by 25 percent.
  3. The observation rubric is applied by highly trained observers.  The observation rubric is one that aligns closely with the North Carolina Teacher Evaluation tool.   A copy of the rubric can be obtained by clicking here:  TeacherObservationRubric  Lesson planning rubric: STAR³ Unit Lesson Plan Scoring Rubric
Teacher Planning Tools On-Line 
STAR³, Learning Focused lesson planning tools and templates are now available online for your convenience:    
Navigate to the TEACHER-LEADER section of this website to learn about the STAR3 Teacher-Leader initiative.
Wayne Foster, PhD, Project Director     Foster

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