2017 PPI Score
School Choice Score: 88%
Individual Tax Credit/Deduction
Indiana’s Private School/Homeschool Deduction program was enacted and launched in 2011. It allows parents to receive partial reimbursement for their schooling expenses.
Indiana’s Choice Scholarship Program was enacted in 2011 and is now one of the country’s largest and fastest-growing school voucher programs. It is currently open to low- and middle-income families.
Indiana’s tax-credit scholarship program was enacted in 2009 and began in 2010 to help low- income and working class families access the right school for their children’s needs.
Charter Schools Score: 92%
Indiana’s law receives high marks because it allows for multiple, strong authorizers and grants charter schools significant operational autonomies.
A wide variety of competent authorizers, such as Ball State University and the Indianapolis Charter School Board (mayor’s office) ensures that parents have access to diverse offerings. The state’s authorizers have also shown that they can properly balance oversight with the spirit of innovation, allowing schools the autonomies they require to serve students well.
The state’s funding formula is overly-complicated, however, resulting in fewer per-pupil dollars allocated to charter school students. Charter school students may receive up to 40 percent less funding to support their education in comparison to their district school peers.
- Fast Facts
- Law Passed in 2001
- 93 Charter Schools
- Estimated Charter School Enrollment: 43,900 (up 9 percent from 2015-16)
- Indiana’s Law does not cap the number of charter schools which are able to be authorized
- Charter Schools are not supported for pre-k
- Virtual Charter Schools are allowed
- Charter schools can contract with education service providers
- For its multiple and independent authorizers Indiana earns 14 of 15 possible points. The law allows school boards, public four-year state universities, a state commission, and the mayor of Indianapolis to authorize schools.
- Indiana earns a 13 out of 15 for “growth.” While Indiana does not cap the number of charter schools that can be authorized, the law does not allow for a charter holder to operate multiple campuses under the same charter, which means that every time a successful charter holder wants to expand or create a new school, they have to begin the charter application process from the beginning. This lengthy process not only discourages many proven providers from opening multiple schools, but also ensures that those who do want to open multiple schools must go through a lengthy process to do so.
- The state provides charters a blanket waiver from most rules and regulations that constrain district schools. This earns it a positive “operations” score. Recent events in the state suggest that charter school autonomy may need to be better protected from political interference.
Indiana’s charter schools are not funded at parity with their district counterparts, lowering the state’s “funding equity” score.
Online Learning Score: 82%
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.
Teacher Quality Score: 85%
Delivering Well Prepared Teachers B+
Expanding the Pool of Teachers C+
Identifying Effective Teachers C+
Retaining Effective Teachers C
Exiting Ineffective Teachers B