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The NASPE Board of Directors passed two motions regarding the STARS program during its August 2010 meeting in Reston, VA. The first of the two motions was to discontinue the current STARS program. Any schools that did not score high enough to earn STARS were invited to participate in the resubmission process and materials were due June 30, 2011. Any of the schools that were invited to participate in the final resubmission process and score high enough to achieve STAR status will be recognized during the 2012 AAHPERD National Convention in Boston, MA.
The second motion passed was to repackage the STARS program materials into program assessment tools that can be used by schools, school districts, and PETE programs for free. NASPE will also offer custom designed program assessments through its ProLink service. Please keep an eye out for materials coming out soon regarding Program Evaluation and learn more about Program Evaluation here.
Discontinuing the STARS program was certainly a difficult decision. Educating the public, legislators and administrators about what is involved in outstanding physical education through the STARS program has been and will be an important goal of NASPE. However, since the creation of STARS six years ago NASPE has been challenged in getting schools to complete the application process because of the extreme time and effort necessary. Therefore, we never achieved the participating numbers we had hoped for.