School Choice Score: 0%
The state permits parents some choice among traditional public schools, but open enrollment options within and outside of their districts vary.
Charter Schools Score: 62%
Despite being the birthplace of some of the nation’s most successful charter networks like Achievement First, Connecticut’s charter school law is among the weakest because only the State Board of Education can authorize charter schools, making it very difficult for charters to open and thrive. In addition, massive underfunding and a strong regulatory environment stifle charter school autonomy and innovation. Administrative policies were enacted this past year as a reaction to one recent charter school’s woes, increasing the regulatory burden on the 22 schools currently operating.
Online Learning Score: 0%
Restrictions on the types of online programs and who can provide them limit student eligibility and access to high quality digital learning opportunities.
- Source: Digital Learning Now!
Teacher Quality Score: 82%
While ineffective classroom performance is grounds for dismissal, tenured teachers who face dismissal may appeal multiple times. Although tenure decisions are tied to effectiveness, it is not considered in layoff decisions. The state does not specify in law any support for performance pay or bonuses for subject experience or work in high-need schools or fields.