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Is Your School Worth One Star or Five? D.C. Officials Approve New Rating System

Parents will be able to compare all D.C. public schools, regular and charter, under a newly approved rating system that assigns each school in the nation’s capital one to five stars based on test scores, attendance and other measures.

But some skeptics say the rating formula is weighted too heavily on standardized test results and not enough on other criteria such as parent involvement or how safe students feel in school.

In a 6-to-3 vote, the D.C. State Board of Education approved the plan from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) on Wednesday evening.

The ratings plan could have a significant effect in a city with a robust market of traditional and charter options.