School Choice Score: 62%
The Succeed scholarship program solely works with students who have disabilities and while thirteen percent of all students statewide are eligible to participate in the program so far only twenty-three have chosen to do so.
- Source: Edchoice
Charter Schools Score: 68%
The only entity who is able to authorize charter schools in Arkansas is the State Board of Education which is very bureaucratic. This bureaucracy has limited the growth of charter schools which has been further hampered by there being a cap on the number of open enrollment charter schools that can be opened in Arkansas.
- Source: CER Charter School Law Rankings
Online Learning Score: 75%
Providing online opportunities for students is a streamlined process as the state clearly defines criteria, process and a timeframe for authorizing online provider. The state now requires 50% of teacher evaluations to be based on student learning data. To ensure that students have true access, Arkansas could prevent school districts from restricting a student’s ability to enroll in an online course “substantially similar” to one offered by the district.
Teacher Quality Score: 82%
Delivering Well Prepared Teachers B-
Expanding the Pool of Teachers B-
Identifying Effective Teachers C
Retaining Effective Teachers B
Exiting Ineffective Teachers C-