School Choice Score: 0%
Residents of Douglas County Colorado voted to create a near universal voucher program in 2011. The program was determined by the Colorado Supreme Court in 2015 and is currently awaiting certiorari at the supreme court level. IN order to keep the program operational while they wait the program has been amended to not include religious schools.
- Source: EdChoice
Charter Schools Score: 0%
The only entities who are able to authorize charter schools in every district across the state are local school districts. The Colorado Charter Schools Institute (CSI) is able to authorize schools only in districts that have not obtained exclusive authorizing rights. While the CSI is a great authorizer that provides their schools with large amounts of operational autonomy the fact that the CSI cannot authorize in every district across the state limits opportunity for students.
Online Learning Score: 0%
Students in the state have access to a diverse set of high-quality providers and courses may be purchased without policy barriers that limit procurement. But funding and other policies for online learning could be improved to ensure eligibility for students. Colorado is a state where funding follows the student.
Teacher Quality Score: 75%
Tenure decisions are connected to evidence of classroom effectiveness, and teachers who receive unsatisfactory evaluations are eventually eligible for dismissal. Teacher performance is the top criterion in layoff decisions, and the last hired, first fired policy is forbidden. Colorado does not mandate performance pay, but districts can choose to incorporate it. If they do not, the standard pay system based on degrees and years of service is used.
- Source: State Teacher Policy Yearbook