School Choice Score: 0%
Any parent or guardian who spends money on approved education expenses is eligible for up to a $2,500 per child deduction or a tax credit worth 75 percent for up to $1,000 per child. The state permits parents’ choice among traditional public schools anywhere in the state outside of their district. Including open enrollment, online education, charter schools, and magnet schools, approximately 30 percent of students in Minnesota now avail themselves of some form of school choice.
Charter Schools Score: 95%
Minnesota continues to have one of the strongest charter school laws in the country with many major high-quality components: a variety of responsible authorizers, blanket waivers from most rules and regulations, equitable funding and facilities assistance.
Online Learning Score: 95%
Minnesota has a strong record and long history of state policies that directly address online learning and has opened up multiple pathways for quality providers of digital content.
- Source: Digital Learning Now!
Teacher Quality Score: 72%
Neither tenure decisions nor licensure advancement and renewal are based on teacher effectiveness. The consequences for multiple unsatisfactory evaluations remain unclear, but ineffective classroom performance is not grounds for dismissal. Seniority, not performance, determines layoff decisions. Districts that participate in the state’s performance pay program are required to prioritize performance in their salary schedules.