DC preschools could be ranked by test scores

WASHINGTON (AP) - Charter school officials in the District of Columbia are proposing to rank preschools based largely on reading and math test scores for children as young as 3.

The Washington Post reports that as of Saturday, more than 200 parents had signed a petition opposed to the ranking proposal. The petition asks the D.C. Public Charter School Board to evaluate preschools more broadly put more weight on children's social and emotional development.

Preschools around the country assess children's performance in reading and math, but the test scores are typically used to improve instruction and get children the education they need.

A board member says the charter school board's rating system could influence decisions about whether to close charter schools.