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What will stars in the new school rating system really mean?

What will stars in the new school rating system really mean?

The Maryland school board approved a new five-star rating system last Tuesday to assess the quality of the state's public schools and help parents measure their academic performance.

As is the case with many new, broad policy initiatives, especially one likely to influence classroom decisions through 2030, a lot of details still need be worked out.

As school board president Andrew Smarick noted just after the vote, the board members must decide how to define what distinguishes a one-star school from a two-star school, or a four star from a five star.

The rating system is based on various factors, including surveys of parents and teachers and the rate of absenteeism....

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