School Choice Score: 72%
North Carolina’s Scholarship program is growing quickly and allows for a substantial amount of funding to go from the state to low income students. Additionally, North Carolina’s Vouchers with students with disabilities are rapidly improving having increased the amount of money that is going to each student.
- Source: EdChoice
Charter Schools Score: 78%
The North Carolina Charter Schools Advisory board is the only entity that can authorize charter schools in the state. While the board has been incredibly regulative in the past current trends suggest the charter sector in North Carolina is improving as more innovative charter schools have recently been authorized.
Online Learning Score: 75%
North Carolina’s Virtual Public School is the second largest virtual school in the country. However, the state earns low marks for student access and student eligibility. The state approved its first virtual charter schools in 2015, and demand is already outpacing the arbitrary cap of 1,500 students. The state has provided scalable bandwidth to K12 public school campuses and buildings at no cost to the district or charter schools since 2008.
Teacher Quality Score: 72%
Teachers cannot be rated effective without meeting state mandated student growth benchmarks. Teachers can be dismissed for inadequate performance. Teachers must be determined proficient in of two of four years in order to be eligible for tenure however there is no explicit student growth requirement for tenure. Teachers are ineligible for performance related pay.
- Source: State Teacher Policy Yearbook