The 10 Laurel public schools located in Prince George’s County received three or four stars out of five in the state’s new education rankings unveiled last week.
The Maryland State Department of Education rated each school from a minimum of one star to a maximum of five, part of the Every Student Succeeds Act known as ESSA. The new system is an accountability program required by the federal government.
Laurel High School, Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School, Laurel Elementary, Oaklands Elementary, Montpelier Elementary and Deerfield Run Elementary schools each earned three stars.
James H. Harrison Elementary, Scotchtown Elementary and Bond Mills received four stars respectively.
The ratings factor in a series of measures, including test scores, such as academic achievement on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests, as well as a school’s absenteeism rates, graduation percentages, achievement of English language learners and whether the school has a well-rounded curriculum.
In a written statement, Monica Goldson, the interim chief executive officer for the school system, said she is proud of the county’s “continued progress.”
“Every student deserves a five-star school,” Goldson said in a statement. “...We will do what it takes to help every school get there.”