Student Transportation Allocation Reporting System (STARS)
The Student Transportation Allocation Reporting System (STARS) is used for the distribution of operations funding for school district transportation and for providing an evaluation of relative efficiency. STARS funding uses a regression analysis using individual school district characteristics to determine an expected cost of operations. STARS Efficiency ratings are calculated using a different statistical system (Data Envelopment Analysis). Funding reports and Efficiency Ratings are released at the end of February each year and are found at the links below.
Three annual non-funding related reports are also collected by STARS: School Transportation Fuel, School Bus Mileage, and McKinney-Vento Transportation.
School district transportation operations funding for the 2018-19 school year.
Annually, the efficiency of each school district's transportation operations is rated using a statistical process (Data Envelopment Analysis) that uses data returned from STARS and other available data that describe the district characteristics.
While not directly related to the STARS efficiency rating system, Key Performance Indicators (KPI) are a valuable resource for evaluating a school district's transportation operations.
The student counts reports are the primary drivers of student transportation funding. School districts report student ridership counts and other data three times per year: Fall, Winter and Spring. Counts consist of combined AM + PM ridership.
The following material is provided to assist school district in completing the required STARS reporting. The Power Point presentation used by regional transportation staff in the September ridership workshops is provided. It is important to note that the official reference for reporting consists of the Reporting Instructions and Detailed Guidance. Attempting to submit reports based solely on the material in the presentation is not recommended. Also provided is a link to the current WAC language.
Reference material for district use of the secure online reporting system consists of the STARS system user manual and the GIS Application User Manual. Also provided is a list of the route destinations currently available within the GIS application.