In the fall of 2018, the IDOE contracted with Butler University to complete a review of the Gold Star School Counseling Recognition Program, results of which did not demonstrate a significant difference between Gold Star Schools and all others. Concurrently, the American School Counselor Association issued the fourth edition of its National Model and RAMP award, which included significant changes. As a result, the Indiana Department of Education, which governs Gold Star, suspended the Gold Star award and the agreement between IDOE and ASCA that permitted Gold Star schools to automatically qualify for RAMP ended at that time.
IDOE formed an advisory committee of counseling stakeholders across the state that has been working throughout 2019-2020 to update the process and requirements of the Gold Star Award with a 3-tiered intentional data-driven process for schools. This update will align the award with current IDOE initiatives and keep the program in house with no additional cost to local education agencies. The intent is to release the new program - Carrying the Torch to Student Success - early 2021.
IDOE anticipates that many if not all of the Gold Star-tier components will align with ASCA's RAMP requirements; however, schools seeking RAMP will need to complete ASCA's RAMP application independently from Indiana's Gold Star award. For more information, see the video from Michelle Clarke with IDOE.