PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition
2022 PAGE STAR MANUAL
- Last SAT TESTING DATE: November 6, 2021
- Student & Teacher Online STAR Nomination Deadline: Friday, December 3, 2021
- The SAT National Averages to be met for the 2021 STAR program are:
Evidence Based Reading and Writing: 531 Math: 520.
- Please alert your Juniors and Seniors that the “old” three-part SAT will not be accepted for 2022 STAR or going forward. Thank you.
- 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
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 28,500 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 95,000-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 2021 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 on April 25, 2022.
*** Please note that local, region and state events may change due to the current pandemic. Thank you for understanding that participant safety is a priority ***
PAGE STAR TIMELINE
- October 25, 2021, 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 531 and Math is 520 (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.
- November 6, 2021, SAT Test Date, is the last acceptable test date for STAR 2021.
- November 19, 2021, SAT scores released
- December 3, 2021, Deadline Date for both STAR Student and STAR Teacher nominations.
- January 5, 2022, 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.
- January 10 – February 20 – Local Recognitions, February 20 is the last possible date to hold local recognitions due to the necessary lead-time needed for Region Chairs to organize region recognitions.
- February 20 – March 20 – Region Recognitions, March 20 is the last possible date to allow time for Region Winners to file biographical data required for the state competition.
- April 25, 2022 – State PAGE STAR Banquet Held at the Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta, 1775 Pleasant Hill Rd, Duluth, GA 30096
If the school has not heard from the STAR office regarding a questionable nomination by January 5, 2022, the student and teacher submitted are the declared STAR Student and Teacher.
STAR NOMINATION & DECLARATION PROCEDURES
- 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.
- 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.
- STAR Student nominees are immediately confirmed or denied online upon completion and submission of the nomination form. A “confirmation email” will immediately appear after the submission, and the application for the STAR Teacher nomination will be available to complete. (Counselors should expect to receive an email regarding their student’s confirmation. Confirmation is online and sent 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.
- 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 January 5, 2022, 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 January 5.
- On January 5, 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 January 5, they are to assume their STAR Student and STAR Teacher are officially confirmed.
STAR ANNOUNCEMENT PROCEDURES
- Beginning January 10, 2022, 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).
- 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 – November 6, 2021
Only SAT scores from the two-part SAT taken on any single national testing date through November 6, 2021 are eligible for STAR.
2) December 3, 2021 – DEADLINE date for STAR Student and STAR Teacher Nominations to be entered online. The Nomination Process deadline is 5:00 p.m. on December 3.
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 December 3, 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 January 5, 2022, 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 January 10 – February 20, 2022
Soon after Local Sponsors receive their January 5 notification, sponsors will contact schools to publicize the names of winners. Announcements of winners are not to be made before January 5, 2022.
5) Region Recognitions – Held between February 20 – March 20, 2022
Region recognitions will be held February 20 – March 20, 2022.
6) PAGE STAR State Competition – State PAGE STAR Competition and Banquet held on April 25, 2022.
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 November 6, 2021. Important: November 6, 2021, is the last acceptable SAT test date for the 2022 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 2022 STAR program, these scores are Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 531 and Math 520.
4) At the end of Junior year, (Fall grades are not to be factored into class standing for STAR), based on GPA, must be in the top 10 percent or be among the top 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
- 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
- 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 college professor or vocational teacher may be selected if a student takes a dual enrollment class and that course is included as part of their GPA/transcript.
10) 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.
11) 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.
12) 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
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 2022 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 28,500 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.
The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) is a statewide professional association of more than 95,000 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
STAR Students and Teachers
- Region winner certificate
- Hand-blown glass stars
▪ Cash scholarship awards
▪ Cash awards
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:
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
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:
- 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.
- LOCAL RECOGNITION
■ Set the date for your local recognition (usually held in January and February).
■ Upon receiving the names of the STAR Students and Teachers in the system (the mid week of January), immediately provide the date and time of the recognition 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 provided on the STAR portal for sponsors to download and print on card stock paper. Sponsors must complete the certificates with the appropriate names. Contact the PAGE STAR office if you need additional assistance.
■ Arrange and host the system STAR recognition event for all the high school STAR Students and Teachers in the system. At the recognition, present STAR certificates, announce System Winners and provide System Winners with a congratulatory letter.
■ 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.
3. REGION RECOGNITION EVENT – Usually held in February and March
Local System STAR Sponsors are asked to send all their System Winners to the region recognition event, where they will compete for region honors.
- Secure the date of the region PAGE STAR recognition event from your Region Chair.
- Notify the school counselor of the date and time of the Region Event.
- Order and provide meal tickets for your System Winner STAR Student(s) and Teacher(s) to attend the region banquet or luncheon.
Sponsors are asked to attend along with the STAR Student’s parents and school personnel. Sponsors are encouraged to provide meal tickets for the parents and school personnel, but this is optional.
NOTE: Only System Winners attend the region events.
Local STAR sponsors wishing to further reward their STAR Students and Teachers who are not System Winners may wish to provide tickets to the State PAGE STAR Banquet, which is open to all STAR Students and Teachers as indicated below.
STATE PAGE STAR BANQUET – April 25, 2022
Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta, Duluth, GA.
System Winners who become Region Winners (STAR Students and Teachers) compete for state honors at the State PAGE STAR Banquet.
ALL STAR Students and Teachers (not just System or Region Winners), sponsors, parents and school personnel are invited to attend the State PAGE STAR Banquet in Atlanta. Tickets may be purchased by local sponsors, schools or families.
►► Local STAR Sponsors who have a Region Winner should:
- order and provide banquet tickets for your Region Winner Student(s) and Teacher(s). Tickets are required and seating is assigned.
- attend with the parents and school personnel. Sponsors are encouraged to provide banquet tickets for the parents and school personnel, but this is optional.
Note: PAGE STAR informs the Region STAR Students that it will provide a hotel room on an “as needed basis” for the Region Student Winners (parents may utilize this room as well) on the evening of the event.
►► Local STAR Sponsors who do not have a Region Winner:
are encouraged to provide banquet tickets for their STAR Students, STAR Teachers, parents and school personnel; this is optional
PAGE STAR REGION CHAIR
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.
■ Organize and conduct a Region PAGE STAR Recognition Event luncheon or banquet, usually held in March, to honor all of the System STAR Students and Teachers in the STAR region.
■ Inform system STAR sponsors of the date of the Region PAGE STAR Recognition early so that system STAR sponsors may hold their local recognitions well in advance of the region banquet or luncheon. During your Region Recognition, announce the Region PAGE STAR Student(s) and Teacher(s) and present the cash awards and certificates to the Region Winners.
■ Work with the PAGE communications department to promote the PAGE STAR program and create publicity within the PAGE STAR region.
■ Plan to attend, if possible, the State PAGE STAR Banquet in Atlanta at which time all STAR winners are honored and the State PAGE STAR Student and Teacher are announced. Banquet tickets for the Region STAR Students and Teachers are to be provided by their respective local system STAR sponsors and can be purchased online.
PAGE STAR informs the Region STAR Student that it will offer one night’s lodging for the Region STAR Student for the evening of the banquet on an “as needed” basis.
REGION EVENT FORMAT
- The highlight of the region program should be the statements from the Region STAR Students.
- The program format should not include guest speakers.
- Welcoming comments should be limited to the chair (or co-chairs) and/or another representative of the chair’s organization or company and to the PAGE representative attending the event. Chairs may wish to quickly introduce any guests from other organizations.
- The chair should introduce the STAR Students and invite the STAR Student and Teacher to come forward together. (STAR Students will introduce their Teachers upon conclusion of their comments.) Suggested content for student comments will be provided by PAGE to the System Winners in a letter at their local events. Teachers will also be provided guidelines at the local event. Region Chairs will receive copies of these guidelines.
- The chair should announce and present the region awards with the assistance of the PAGE representative attending the event.
RELEASE OF INFORMATION AND PUBLICITY GUIDELINES
For the continuity and the integrity of the program, the following guidelines are established:
- Request media representatives to attend the region event and provide them a factual news release when they arrive.
- Names of Region Winners are not to be released to the media or others prior to the recognition event.
- 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.
- Certificates, letters, etc., other than those provided by the PAGE STAR program, should not be presented in person prior to, during or immediately following the event. Such items from others should be sent directly to the Students and Teachers following the event.
STUDENT-TEACHER INVITATION GUIDELINES
Only System Winners are invited to attend region events. Local sponsors who wish to send all of their STAR Students to region events should be advised only System Winners attend region events. Local sponsors who wish to further reward their STAR Students and Teachers may purchase tickets to attend the State PAGE STAR Banquet, which is open to all STAR Students and Teachers.
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