Is your school worth one star or five? D.C. officials approve new rating system.

Photo Credit: Sarah L. Voisin /The Washington Post

Photo Credit: Sarah L. Voisin /The Washington Post

According to Alejandra Matos of the Washington Post, parents will now be able to compare all D.C. public schools, regular and charter, under a new DC school board approved rating system. The system assigns each school in D.C. stars on a scale of one to five for attendance, test scores and other measures.

Opponents believe the rating system is skewed and is too heavily dependent on standardized test results and not enough on criteria such as parent involvement or how safe students feel in school.

D.C. State Board of Education approved the plan from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) on Wednesday evening in a 6-to-3 vote.

The ratings plan could have a significant effect in a city with a robust market of traditional and charter options. Read more here.