2015 PPI Score
School Choice Score: 92%
The state has placed no limit on the number of vouchers that can be awarded but does have certain income and special needs eligibility requirements. The amount of students participating in the voucher program doubled in one year now serving nearly 20,000 statewide. There also is a tax credit program that awards scholarships up to the amount of tuition and fees, capped at $7.5 million annually. The state permits parents some choices among traditional public schools, offering only intra-district public school choice in Indianapolis.
Charter Schools Score: 95%
The addition of independent authorizers, such as the Indiana Charter School Board, and the removal of all caps on the number of schools has contributed to its strength. Charters also have a large level of autonomy from state and district regulations. In 2014, additional changes were made to create incentives for failing schools to partner with charters. While funding is still less per pupil than traditional public school students and facilities funding has not been consistent causing a hardship to charters, the Hoosier State remains at the head of the class.
Teacher Quality Score: 82%
Performance is the top criterion for districts to consider when laying-off personnel, and plays a part in tenure decisions. Indiana uses a variety of factors to determine teacher pay, including experience evaluations and advanced degrees, although each factor can’t count more than one-third.