Does the Maryland Report Card grade schools fairly?

BERC-associated researchers propose considering differences in student populations when rating school performance. The authors of a new BERC Quality Schools Brief provide alternative school ratings that account for student economic disadvantage – so that schools are not judged only by student performance out of context, and ratings better reflect educator effectiveness. One concern that the researchers are trying to counter is that the Maryland Report Card, and similar “five-star” school rating systems, may unintentionally contribute to increased school segregation and higher concentrations of economic disadvantage as higher-income families choose neighborhoods with more highly rated schools.