2021 PAGE STAR MANUAL

PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition


2021 PAGE STAR MANUAL

  1. Last SAT TESTING DATE: March 13, 2021
  2. Student & Teacher Online STAR Nomination Deadline: Monday, April 5, 2021
  3. The SAT National Averages to be met for the 2021 STAR program are:
    Evidence Based Reading and Writing: 528 Math: 523.
  4. Please alert your Juniors and Seniors that the “old” three-part SAT will not be accepted for 2021 STAR or going forward. Thank you.
  5. TIES will be allowed at the high school level.

It is the policy of the PAGE
Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) not to release SAT scores.

Exception: 1600 scores are released only after receipt of a release form signed by the student and/or parents.


Table of Contents

Page 3 – PAGE STAR Overview
Page 4 – STAR Timeline
Page 5 – STAR Nomination and Declaration Procedures
Page 6 – Announcement Procedures
Page 7 – STAR Nomination Dates & Deadlines
Pages 8  – STAR Student Guidelines & Qualifications
Page 9 – STAR Student Competition Levels
Pages 10  – STAR Teacher Guidelines & Qualifications
Page 11 – Sample STAR News Release for Local Winners
Page 12 – STAR Awards and Scholarships
Page 13 – Selection of State PAGE STAR Winners
Pages 14 – Local System STAR Sponsor Responsibilities
Pages 15 – STAR Region Chair Responsibilities & Region Event Information
Page 16 – Region List


PAGE STAR

The PAGE STAR program honors Georgia’s highest achieving high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. Since its creation in 1958 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) program has honored nearly 28,000 students, who have in turn chosen their STAR Teachers to share in this recognition. Every accredited high school in Georgia is eligible to participate in this preeminent student/teacher academic recognition.

In the mid-1990’s, The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation was asked by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the State Department of Education to assume responsibility for the oversight, administration and promotion of the statewide STAR program. The PAGE Foundation, the PAGE Foundation Board of Trustees, the 97,000-plus PAGE members and the PAGE Board of Directors are privileged to continue the tradition of recognizing Georgia’s future leaders and honoring the professional educators who have nurtured these scholars.

To obtain the STAR nomination, high school students must have the highest score on any single test date of the SAT taken through the November test date of their senior year and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average. Nominee’s SAT scores must be equal to or higher than the 2020 national average scores on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing and Math sections of the SAT. High school STAR Students compete for system titles; and System STAR Students in turn compete for region-wide honors in the 12 STAR Regions (a listing of the 12 STAR Regions is provided on the last page of the STAR Manual). Region Winners to compete for state PAGE STAR scholarships and awards. High school STAR Students are asked to name their STAR Teachers, who continue with their STAR Students at every level of the program.

Locally, STAR Students and STAR Teachers are honored by their schools and receive special recognition in their communities from one of the more than 172 civic organizations and businesses that serve as local STAR sponsors. Region recognitions are coordinated by Region Chairs, who serve as ambassadors for the state program in the 12 STAR Regions. The State PAGE STAR Competition will be held in May of 2021 and participants will receive information regarding the date for the virtual interviews.

*** Please note that local, region and state events were changed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for understanding that participant safety is a priority ***


PAGE STAR TIMELINE

  1. December 4, 2020, Online STAR Nomination website open to receive nominations.

Please note:  College Board has informed us that the SAT National averages for Evidence Based Reading and Writing is 528 and Math is 523 (which we use as our minimum scores for qualifying as a STAR Student nominee). Please read the outlined procedure before submitting nominations to avoid problems with qualified nominees.

  1. March 13, 2021, SAT Test Date, is the last acceptable test date for STAR 2021.
  2. March 26, 2021, SAT scores released
  3. April 5, 2021, Deadline Date for both STAR Student and STAR Teacher nominations.
  4. April 12, 2021, Counselors will receive certificate template for school/system local winners so that they may fill-out and present to students.
  5. April 12, 2021, Local Sponsors are notified by PAGE of local winners.
  6. April 15, 2021, Region Sponsors are notified by PAGE of region winners. PAGE will send certificates, awards and crystal stars to region winners.
  7. TBD, Virtual State Competition conducted in May 2021

If the school has not heard from the STAR office regarding a questionable nomination by April 8, 2021, the student and teacher submitted are the declared STAR Student and Teacher.

April 12, 2021 – NAMES OF WINNERS provided to the LOCAL SPONSORS ONLY

  • The PAGE STAR office provides the names of the high school winners and system winners to local sponsors only.
  • Local sponsors announce STAR winners to the news media and community.
  • Should a school need to announce the winner earlier than scheduled (example: Awards Day), the school should contact the local sponsor and arrange details. 

April 15-20, 2021 – Local Recognitions
April 20 is the last possible date to hold local recognitions. 

April 20-25, 2021 – Region Recognitions
April 25 is the last possible date to allow time for Region Winners to file biographical data required for the state competition. 

May 2021 – State PAGE STAR Competition
The date is TBD.


STAR NOMINATION & DECLARATION PROCEDURES

NOMINATION

  1. STAR Student nominations are to be made by counselors/STAR Contacts without the students’ awareness, i.e., students are not to be advised their names are being submitted. Therefore, student nominees are not to be notified until the nominees have been declared STAR Students by the confirmation received online immediately upon completion/submission of the student nomination form.
  1. A STAR Teacher should not be selected until after the STAR Student nominee has been confirmed as a STAR Student online. Students should be cautioned not to share information about their selection or their STAR Teacher’s selection with anyone except their parents/guardians at this step of the nomination procedure.

A student may not name more than one STAR teacher and may not decline to name a STAR teacher.

DECLARATION

  1. STAR Student nominees are immediately confirmed or denied online upon completion and submission of the nomination form. A “confirmation paragraph or pop-up” will immediately appear after the submission, and the steps for the STAR Teacher nomination procedure will be posted. Counselors should not expect to receive an email regarding their student’s confirmation. Confirmation is online and appears immediately after the nomination is “submitted.”

If this immediate “pop-up” does not appear, then something has been omitted on the nomination form, and the counselor should scroll back to see what needs to be completed on the form.

  1. STAR Teacher nominations are submitted online by counselors/STAR school contacts. The online PAGE STAR program reviews the teacher nomination to be sure the nominee meets all criteria. Counselors/STAR contacts are asked to check criteria in the STAR Manual carefully before submitting teacher nomination.
  • STAR Teachers will not be confirmed online; however, you will receive an email confirming your successful completion of the STAR Teacher nomination form.
  • If the school does not hear from the PAGE STAR office by April 8, 2021, the school is to assume that its STAR Teacher nominee is confirmed.
  • The PAGE STAR office will definitely contact schools with questionable STAR Teacher nominations by April 8. 

NOTE:

  • On April 8, the PAGE STAR office will provide the names of the declared STAR Students and STAR Teachers to school counselors and to local sponsors.
  • If school counselors have not been contacted by the PAGE STAR office regarding a questionable teacher nomination by April 8, they are to assume their STAR Student and STAR Teacher are officially confirmed.

STAR ANNOUNCEMENT PROCEDURES

ANNOUNCEMENT PROCEDURE

  1. Beginning April 8, 2021, schools may announce names of STAR Students and Teachers within the schools. Schools should not make public announcements or arrange for publicity. This is the role of the local sponsor (see pages 14).
  1. Local sponsors make the public announcements and arrange for publicity. Sponsors should communicate with school counselors/STAR contacts, STAR Students and Teachers regarding publicity, specifying their choice of procedure for publicity:

(1)  announced by the sponsor alone;

(2)  joint announcement by sponsors and schools; or

(3)  sponsors ask schools to make public announcements and/or arrange for other publicity.

It is the policy of the PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program not to release SAT scores.

Exception: 1600 scores are released only after receipt of a permission to release form signed by the student or parents.


STAR NOMINATION DATES & DEADLINES

Schools should be fully aware of the dates and deadlines noted below.

1) Last SAT Test Date – March 13, 2021
Only SAT scores from the two-part SAT taken on any single national testing date through March 13, 2021 are eligible for STAR. 

2) April 5, 2021 – DEADLINE date for STAR Student and STAR Teacher Nominations to be entered online. The Nomination Process deadline is 5:00 p.m. on April 5. 

3) Confirmation/Declaration of STAR TEACHER Nomination:
The PAGE STAR office will not send confirmation of STAR Teacher nominations to high schools. The office will only contact schools regarding questionable STAR Teacher nominees by April 8, 2021.

If the PAGE STAR Program does not contact the school counselor, then the school counselor/STAR contact is to assume its STAR Teacher nominee is officially declared after April 8, 2021, the date the PAGE STAR office sends the names of the winners to sponsors only.

Only local STAR counselors will receive the names of declared STAR Students and STAR Teachers along with certificates. 

4) Local Recognitions – Held between April 15 – 20, 2021
Soon after Local Sponsors receive their April 10 notification, sponsors will contact schools to publicize the names of winners in the local media between April 15-20, 2021. Announcements of winners are not to be made before April 15, 2021. 

5) Region Recognitions – Held between April 20 – 25, 2021
Region recognitions will be held April 20 – 25, 2021. 

6) PAGE STAR State Competition – Virtual State Competition conducted in May 2021


STAR STUDENT GUIDELINES & QUALIFICATIONS

To be nominated for STAR Student, the nominees must satisfy all of the following requirements:

1) Be a legally enrolled senior in an accredited Georgia public or private high school.
The school must be accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC), AdvancEd and/or the Georgia Private School Accreditation Council (GAPSAC).

▪ A legally enrolled senior is a student who has registered – and been accepted – as a student in the school and will graduate with the current senior class.

Seniors who are jointly enrolled in high school and college are eligible for STAR honors if all other requirements are met. (College and high school grades are averaged to determine rank.)

Seniors who complete graduation requirements prior to the end of the school year and who will graduate with the current year’s graduating class are eligible for STAR honors if they meet other requirements.

NOTE: The STAR Program is designed to recognize high school seniors who have the highest SAT score in their graduating class and meet all the other program requirements. How many classes a student takes off campus or how involved the student is with extra-curricular activities at the school is irrelevant in determining the school’s STAR Student.

2) Take the two-part SAT on any national testing date through and including March 13, 2021. Important: March 13, 2021, is the last acceptable SAT test date for the 2021 PAGE STAR program.

3) Score highest on any single test date (scores may not be combined from two or more test dates). Nominees’ SAT scores must be equal to or higher than the SAT national average scores on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing and Math sections. For the 2021 STAR program, these scores are Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 528 and Math 523.

4) At the end of Junior year, based on GPA, be in the top 10 percent or be among the to 10 students numerically, whichever category provides the largest number of eligible students.

A student must meet the “top 10” requirement based on cumulative high school (grades 9 through 11) grade point average numerically computed by utilizing the system normally utilized by the school. Calculation should be on cumulative grades through the junior year.

If the student with the highest SAT score does not meet the top 10 criterion, the student with the next highest SAT score who does meet the criterion becomes the nominee.

5) TIES at the high school, system and region levels are permitted. For example, if two or more students in a high school, system or region have identical SAT scores and meet all other requirements, all are STAR Students for that school, system or region.


STAR STUDENT COMPETITION LEVELS

COMPETITION LEVELS

  • High School STAR Students compete for system titles.
  • System PAGE STAR Students in turn compete for region-wide honors in the 12 PAGE STAR Regions.
  • Region PAGE STAR Students compete for State PAGE STAR Student.
  • STAR Teachers move up in the competition with their STAR Student.

A list of the PAGE STAR Regions may be found on page 19 of this document or on the PAGE website in the STAR Section. www.pageinc.org/STAR

CLARIFICATION

  • INDEPENDENT/PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOL winners will compete in the public school system in which the independent/private school is geographically located.

STAR TEACHER GUIDELINES & QUALIFICATIONS 

The STAR Teacher is selected by the declared high school STAR Student for having made the most significant contribution to the STAR Student’s scholastic development.

CRITERIA AND CLARIFICATION:

1) The teacher must be a present or former contractually employed classroom teacher (Pre K-12) of the STAR Student and currently employed, retired or left the teaching profession in good standing from a professional position in a Georgia school system accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC), AdvancEd and/or the Georgia Private School Accreditation Council (GAPSAC).

2) A teacher, having taught the student in a Georgia school, who is now teaching in another Georgia school system or who has moved to another state may be selected.

3) A teacher must have taught the student a classroom subject that appears in the curriculum and for which the student received credit (may include band, P.E.). It may not be an activity that is just posted as “having participated in” on the student’s academic record.

4) An administrator, librarian/media specialist, counselor, etc., who has actually taught the student a classroom subject may be selected if the individual is currently employed by a Georgia school system in one of these positions, or is officially retired from same or who has left the teaching profession in good standing.

5) A parent who meets all the criteria may be selected. The parent must have taught his or her child as a student in an accredited school.

6) An advisor, coach or mentor to a group may not be selected unless the advisor, coach or mentor has actually taught the student a classroom subject.

7) A Military Science (ROTC) instructor who is a contractual teaching faculty member holding at least a Bachelor’s degree and who actually teaches in the classroom may be selected.

8) A vocational-technical teacher may be selected if he or she is certified by the state and is contractually employed as a member of the teaching faculty.

9) A paraprofessional or tutor may not be selected.

Exception: A current paraprofessional who is a retired Georgia teacher who has previously taught the student as a contractual teaching member of a faculty may be selected.

Note: A currently employed contractual teacher who previously worked with a student as a paraprofessional but has not subsequently taught the student may not be selected.

10) A deceased teacher, who left the teaching profession because of illness and subsequent death, may be selected providing the teacher met the qualifications previously stated.

11) A teacher who is on a written contractual professional or medical (including maternity) leave of absence may be selected.


SAMPLE STAR NEWS RELEASE

for Local Winners

CONTACT: Date

John Smith 770/123-4567

SUSAN JONES OF GAINESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL IS NAMED PAGE STAR STUDENT

Gainesville High School senior Susan Jones has been named the school’s 2021 PAGE STAR Student. John Smith, vice-president of Trust National Bank in Gainesville, the local STAR program sponsor, announced the honor (today or Tuesday or date). Jones selected Irene Johnson, English teacher at Gainesville High School, as her STAR Teacher.

Jones, the daughter of Frank and Esther Jones of Gainesville, earned the recognition for academic achievement and performance on the SAT.

The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program is sponsored, administered and promoted by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) and the PAGE Foundation. Since its inception in 1958 the STAR program has honored nearly 28,000 students and the teachers selected as the most influential to their academic achievement. High school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average to qualify for STAR nomination.

STAR begins each year in participating Georgia high schools when the STAR Student is named and chooses a STAR Teacher to share in this recognition. The students and their teachers are honored by their schools and receive special recognition in their communities from one of the more than 172 statewide civic organizations and businesses that serve as local sponsors of the STAR program. Students then compete for school system recognition as the top STAR Student, and those winners compete for region honors. Region winners contend for the honor of being named State PAGE STAR Student. STAR Teachers continue on with their STAR Students at every level of the program.

“We are very proud of Ms. Jones and Ms. Johnson and the academic excellence they exemplify at Gainesville High,” said Mr. Smith.

PAGE and the PAGE Foundation honor outstanding students and educators and encourage academic excellence through competitive academic programs such as PAGE STAR, the PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades and the PAGE Georgia Academic Decathlon.

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The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) is a statewide professional association of more than 97,000 educators, administrators and support personnel. PAGE provides professional learning to enhance competence and confidence, build leadership and increase student achievement while providing the best in membership, legal services and legislative support.


PAGE STAR AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

HIGH SCHOOL WINNERS

STAR Students and Teachers

  • High school STAR winner certificates

SCHOOL SYSTEM WINNERS

STAR Students and Teachers

  • Scholarships/awards – optional for local sponsors (Several local sponsors choose to present scholarships/awards to local STAR winners.)
  • System STAR winner certificates 

REGION WINNERS

STAR Students and Teachers

  • Region winner certificate
  • Hand-blown glass stars

STAR Students

▪      Cash scholarship awards

STAR Teachers

▪      Cash awards

STATE WINNERS

State PAGE STAR Student

  • Cash Scholarship Awards
  • Etched Crystal Award 

Runner-Up State PAGE STAR Student

  • Cash Scholarship Awards
  • Etched Crystal Award 

State PAGE STAR Teacher

  • Cash Award
  • Etched Crystal Award 

Runner-Up State PAGE STAR Teacher

  • Cash Award
  • Etched Crystal Award

SELECTION OF STATE PAGE STAR WINNERS

The State PAGE STAR Student is selected from the STAR Region Winners by a panel of judges. The panel includes representatives from higher education, secondary education, education-at-large and representatives from the business sector. Each Region STAR Student submits a written comprehensive application to the judges. In addition, a statement from each Region STAR Teacher is provided in support of his/her STAR Student. At this point, the SAT is only one of many factors involved in the selection process, which culminates on the day of the state banquet when the judges interview the Region STAR Students and consider the following areas:

Scholarship
Academic ability
Leadership
Citizenship
Personal objectives
Extracurricular activities
Personal philosophy
Initiative
Opinions
Attitudes

A Runner-up State PAGE STAR Student is also selected.

The state judging competition occurs on the day of the state competition. The decision of the judges is final at the conclusion of the competition.


LOCAL SYSTEM STAR SPONSOR

RESPONSIBILITIES

Each participating high school in Georgia names its school STAR Student who competes for the honor of being named System STAR Student. Each school system has a local system STAR sponsor who organizes and administers the local STAR recognition.

The local system sponsors play the most vital role in the communication process of the STAR program. It is through contact with the sponsors that the schools, students and teachers are provided pertinent information about the STAR recognitions. After the STAR Student and Teacher are declared, you, the local sponsor, are the only contact the school has with the STAR program.

As local system STAR sponsors, you are asked to participate as follows:

  1. Inform all high school counselors/STAR contacts, principals, headmasters and superintendents in your system of your sponsorship of the STAR program.

Please note: Independent/private school winners compete in the public school system in which the independent/private school is geographically located.

  1. LOCAL RECOGNITION

Upon receiving the names of the STAR Students and Teachers in the system (April 12, 2021), immediately provide recognition information to:

(1) each school counselor/ STAR contact person;
(2) each STAR Student and Teacher;
(3) the school superintendent; and
(4) the PAGE STAR office at STAR@pageinc.org

NOTE: High school counselor/STAR contact information will be included in the information sent to the local sponsor, and that school representative will wait to hear from the sponsor before announcing winners in their schools.

■ The names of high school STAR Students and Teachers will have the System Winners clearly marked. STAR certificates will be sent to the school counselor. 

■ Publicize your local STAR recognition by informing newspapers, radio stations and television stations in your area of STAR activities. Please be sure to recognize PAGE and the PAGE Foundation as the state sponsor and administrator in every contact with the media.


PAGE STAR REGION CHAIR

RESPONSIBILITIES

The PAGE STAR program is organized into 12 STAR Regions. Each STAR Region is coordinated by a PAGE STAR Region Chair (some may have more than one chair).

PAGE STAR Region Chairs serve as ambassadors for PAGE and are asked to assume the following responsibilities:

■ Act as liaison and coordinator for the system sponsors for each school system in your region.

■ Inform system STAR sponsors how you will recognize the Region PAGE STAR.

■ Work with the PAGE communications department to promote the PAGE STAR program and create publicity within the PAGE STAR region.

RELEASE OF INFORMATION AND PUBLICITY GUIDELINES

For the continuity and the integrity of the program, the following guidelines are established:

Names of STAR Students or Teachers are not to be provided to elected officials, candidates for office or others requesting same prior to the region event. Such requests should be directed to the PAGE STAR office at STAR@pageinc.org.


STAR Regions

REGION 1

Bartow County
Bremen City
Calhoun City
Carroll County
Carrollton City
Cartersville City
Catoosa County
Chattooga County
Chickamauga City
Dade County
Dalton City
Floyd County
Gordon County
Haralson County
Heard County
Murray County
Paulding County
Polk County
Rome City
Trion City
Walker County
Whitfield County

REGION 2

Dawson County
Fannin County
Gainesville City
Gilmer County
Habersham County
Hall County
Lumpkin County
Mtn Ed Charter Sch System
Pickens County
Rabun County
Stephens County
Towns County
Union County
White County

REGION 3A

Atlanta City
Buford City
Cherokee County
Cobb County
Decatur City
DeKalb County
Forsyth County
Fulton County
Gwinnett County
Marietta City
Virtual School System

REGION 3B

Butts County
Clayton County
Coweta County
Douglas County
Fayette County
Henry County
Lamar County
Pike County
Rockdale County
Spalding County

REGION 4

Banks County
Barrow County
Clarke County
Commerce City
Elbert County
Franklin County
Greene County
Hart County
Jackson County
Jefferson City
Madison County
Morgan County
Newton County
Oconee County
Oglethorpe County
Social Circle City
Walton County

REGION 5

Chattahoochee County
Harris County
Marion County
Meriwether County
Muscogee County
Schley County
Talbot County
Taylor County
Thomaston-Upson County
Troup County
Webster County

REGION 6

Baldwin County
Bibb County
Bleckley County
Crawford County
Crisp County
Dodge County
Dooly County
Dublin City
Houston County
Jasper County
Jones County
Laurens County
Macon County
Monroe County
Peach County
Pulaski County
Putnam County
Twiggs County
Wilcox County
Wilkinson County

REGION 7

Burke County
Columbia County
Glascock County
Hancock County
Jefferson County
Jenkins County
Johnson County
Lincoln County
McDuffie County
Richmond County
Taliaferro County
Warren County
Washington County
Wilkes County

REGION 8

Bryan County
Bulloch County
Candler County
Chatham County
Effingham County
Emanuel County
Evans County
Liberty County
Long County
Montgomery County
Screven County
Tattnall County
Toombs County
Treutlen County
Vidalia City
Wheeler County

REGION 9

Baker County
Calhoun County
Clay County
Colquitt County
Decatur County
Dougherty County
Early County
Grady County
Lee County
Miller County
Mitchell County
Randolph County
Pelham City
Quitman County
Seminole County
Stewart County
Sumter County
Terrell County
Thomas County
Thomasville City
Worth County

REGION 10

Atkinson County
Ben Hill County
Berrien County
Brooks County
Clinch County
Coffee County
Cook County
Echols County
Irwin County
Lanier County
Lowndes County
Telfair County
Tift County
Turner County
Valdosta City

REGION 11

Appling County
Bacon County
Brantley County
Camden County
Charlton County
Glynn County
Jeff Davis County
McIntosh County
Pierce County
Ware County
Wayne County

OTHER

Mtn Ed Charter Sch System (2)
Virtual School System (3A)