The Idaho Department of Education's new rating system for Gem State schools is coming under fire, with at least two high schools claiming they were unfairly penalized.
This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that the Blaine County School District Board of Trustees has scheduled a special meeting for Monday, Oct. 1, to discuss the controversial data.
Officials at Wood River High School said their students scored so well that they were eligible for the maximum five stars, but they "were penalized two whole ratings because not enough disabled students took a math test." Simply put, instead of five stars, the school has three.
A high school official said that of 31 10th-graders with disabilities at Wood River, and all but three took a required math test, yet they were docked two out of five stars.
The Mountain Express reports that Eagle High School suffered a similar fate, being dropped down to three stars because testing participation wasn't high enough in the category of disabled students taking a language test.