D.C. public schools will receive a clear grade.
D.C.’s School Transparency and Reporting (STAR) system will provide an annual summative rating for all public schools in D.C. Each school will receive one to five stars, but D.C. has not yet finalized its cut points for how its STAR summative rating will be determined.
D.C. will identify the bottom 5 percent of schools as needing support every three years.
Schools identified for targeted support and improvement follow a similar process. But in this case, a school is identified for targeted support if any subgroup’s performance by itself would score among the bottom 5 percent of index scores. D.C. did not provide information on how many schools this method would identify, but it should run its data to ensure this is a meaningful check, and the plan should describe how many schools D.C. expects would be identified for each group.
D.C.’s plan lacks consequences for schools not meeting participation rates in annual testing.
By not holding schools accountable – beyond feedback and support – for failing to meet the 95 percent participation rate in annual testing, D.C. could undermine the school-rating system.
For the first time, D.C. will rate public charter schools with the same ratings as traditional public schools.
However, the plan could be clearer in how it articulates the role between the Public Charter Schools Board and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education to ensure that the authorizer has clear authority over identifying low quality.