School Choice Score: 62%
Individuals are not eligible to claim credits against donations and the program’s income-eligibility threshold is tied for lowest in the nation. Public school choice for families is restricted to schools within their district.
Charter Schools Score: 0%
Charters are not separate, independent public schools, but operate more like alternative district schools.
Online Learning Score: 72%
The state’s law provides students access to multiple providers, but options would improve overall by updating the state’s online education approval process. Kansas continues to use their ninety-three virtual schools and programs to provide opportunities to access online courses and services, many of which serve out-of-district students. Additionally, The Virtual School Act altered the funding of online students so that all full-time virtual students are funded at 1.05 (105%) of base FTE students.
- Source: Digital Learning Now!
Teacher Quality Score: 65%
After that, evaluations are required once every three years. Neither tenure decisions nor licensure advancement and renewal are connected to objective evidence of teacher effectiveness. Ineffective classroom performance is not a ground for dismissal and performance is not considered in layoff decisions. Kansas state law permits districts to provide bonuses to teachers, but does not explicitly support performance pay.