School Choice Score: 0%
Alabama recently adopted a modest tax credit scholarship program that is too new to really see how it will result in greater opportunities for students. The program survived a legal challenge, as the State Supreme Court reversed a lower court ruling and upheld the program’s constitutionality in March of 2015. It is considered to be a weaker program because participation is limited in scope. The state does not permit choice among traditional public schools.
Charter Schools Score: 0%
Online Learning Score: 0%
Alabama is limited in its digital learning offerings, although students are currently required to successfully complete an online learning experience to earn a high school diploma. However, the state’s funding mechanism does not support universal access to online learning options.
- Source: Digital Learning Now!
Teacher Quality Score: 72%
Teachers are not evaluated using objective evidence of student learning, and tenure decisions are not based on effectiveness. Ineffective teachers who receive unsatisfactory evaluations will not be eligible for dismissal, as classroom performance is not considered grounds for dismissal, nor is it a determining factor in layoffs. Teacher pay is controlled by a typical state salary schedule.