NCStar is a web-based tool that guides a district or school team in charting its improvement and managing the continuous improvement process. It builds accountability as well as helps schools track their improvement plans. NCStar is premised on the firm belief that district and school improvement is best accomplished when directed by the people, working in teams, closest to the students.
NCStar requires a “culture of candor” in which district and school personnel talk openly and honestly about their professional practices that contribute to student learning. Since school improvement is such a unique process for each school, NCStar contains over 100 research based effective practices (indicators) and allows schools flexibility to personalize their school improvement plans to meet their distinct needs.
NCStar brings all stakeholders into the continuous improvement process by allowing “view only” capability and “real time” transparency of the school improvement plan process to all staff, district personnel, school board members, and parents.
Although, not officially inducted into the Home Base Suite of tools, the NCStar icon is available in the Home Base suite for those who have access, making it readily available.
To access NCStar, visit: http://www.indistar.org/app/login.aspx