The rating is based on a variety of factors, including performance on standardized tests, graduation rates, the achievement of English language learners and the number of children who are chronically absent.
Here are some key takeaways from the release of the star ratings:
• 70 percent of schools in the state earned three or four stars out of five, and 60 percent earned four of five stars.
• 29 schools just missed the cutoff to be five-star schools by one point. Five of those schools are in Baltimore County: Towson High School and Hillcrest, Perry Hall, Joppa View and Halethorpe elementary schools.
• Three of the four highest-scoring schools in the state are in Baltimore County. The Academy of Health Sciences in Prince George’s County was No. 1, earning 96 percent of its possible points. That was followed by Eastern Technical High School (95 percent), Sparks Elementary (90 percent) and Jacksonville Elementary (90 percent).