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.
Funding reports and Efficiency Ratings are released at the end of February each year and are found at the links below.
School district transportation operations funding for the 2022-23 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.
- Annual Non-Funding Reports
The reports below provide a statewide summary with district-level data shown on separate worksheets.
- STARS Reporting Reference Material
The following material is provided to assist school district in completing the required STARS reporting. The PowerPoint 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.
Provided is a list of the route destinations currently available within the GIS application.
- Other (Optional) Forms
Provided for optional use are a Fuel and Mileage Workbook (for the annual school bus mileage and transportation fuel reports) and a Student Count Workbook (to assist districts in identifying the best reporting period).