School Choice Score: 0%
Parents must rely on public charter schools for options, however the state’s weak charter school law has prohibited a thriving charter school sector.
Charter Schools Score: 62%
Maryland has one of the weakest charter laws in the country because of the enormous obstacles charter applicants face from school boards the minute they show interest. Charters face outward hostilities from boards, are micromanaged, operationally limited, poorly funded and are not even allowed to hire their own principals and staff to ensure success under their model. Lawmakers in Annapolis are poised to change that in 2015 with a modest, yet promising, proposal on the table.
Online Learning Score: 0%
This considerably limits access, eligibility, and the quality and quantity of providers of digital content. Maryland’s online course enrollments have dramatically risen from 647 during the 2011-12 school year to 4,530 in the 2012-13 school year. Additionally the numbers of approved online courses grew from 74 to 93 courses.
- Source: Digital Learning Now!
Teacher Quality Score: 68%
While student growth and other performance measures make up annual teacher evaluations, no one piece can account for more than 35 percent. Ineffective classroom performance is not a ground for dismissal, and the appeals process is not streamlined. Each district must determine salaries through collective bargaining, although additional compensation is available for working in high-need schools.