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.
Online Learning Score: 72%
Students have access to multiple providers of online instruction, but the funding mechanism is overdue for improvement. Indiana continues to expand the opportunities for students and teachers to engage in learning via digital methods. Districts that have implemented 1:1 devices for students, moved away from traditional textbooks, and offered alternatives to learning within brick and mortar from 7-4 are growing faster than state data can track. Indiana is working to connect these districts and all learners within our state and beyond to each other and the resources needed to transform schools and learning in the digital age.
- Source: Digital Learning Now!
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.