Representative Batchelor expresses support for a common system of accessible school information; Urges families to more fully assess indicators of school quality
This morning, the MySchoolDC lottery application opened for families to begin making their school choices for the 2019-2020 School Year. This comes after last week’s launch of the DC School Report Card, an online tool geared towards providing parents and families with an overview of the performance and progress of DC Public and Public Charter school communities.
A centerpiece of the report card is the STAR rating, a framework proposed by OSSE and approved in a 6-3 vote by the State Board of Education (SBOE) in Spring 2017, that rates each school on a 1-5 star ranking, primarily based on performance outcomes on the PARCC exam, DC’s chosen standardized assessment. When the vote on the STAR framework came to the SBOE, Representative Batchelor warned about the unintended consequences and the incomplete conclusions families will gain as a result of a rating system that does not assess all those things families know make up a good school. He joined a minority of board members who voted against the proposed framework.
“While I applaud the idea of the DC School Report Card and am excited about so much of the information it provides to families, my hope is that we can work with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) to rightsize the STAR rating so that it is a more accurate indicator of the type of school quality families are looking for.”, said Representative Batchelor. “I’ve visited our Ward 8 school communities and those around the city. I have seen the transformative work educators and families are leading to drive achievement and close gaps, while tackling the effects of poverty, historic underinvestment, and the unaddressed imbalances of our system of choice. While the STAR ratings give an accurate snapshot of those inequalities, they don’t give a full snapshot of that transformative work.”
“As this lottery application period begins, I ask our families to look beyond the star ratings, dig deeper into the important information provided on the Report Card and assess schools based on all the important qualities that are not captured on a standardized test”
Families can access the DC School Report Card at www.DCSchoolReportCard.org and begin their school application process at www.MySchoolDC.org.