School Choice Score: 72%
While Oklahoma’s scholarship program could be quite strong due to there not being regulations on which students would be able to receive any funding from the state there are caps in place which keep the program from being as effective as it possibly could be. Oklahoma does have a relatively strong disability scholarship program which provides very generous vouchers to students with special needs ensuring that they have opportunity.
- Source: EdChoice
Charter Schools Score: 78%
Oklahoma’s law allows for multiple entities including universities to start charter schools. However, there are several policies that harm the growth of charters in the Sooner State such as inequitable funding and many regulations.
Online Learning Score: 78%
During the 2012-2013 school year, the Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board became the sole authorizer for new statewide virtual charter schools. Existing schools will fall under the board on July 1, 2014, and all districts will be prohibited from offering out-of-district full time virtual education, though they may offer full time virtual education to students within their boundaries.
Teacher Quality Score: 82%
Teachers receive a quantitative rating based on multiple years of student test data (if available). Teacher ineffectiveness is grounds for dismissal. Evidence of effectiveness is a significant factor in the granting of tenure. Effective teachers are eligible for performance related pay.
- Source: State Teacher Policy Yearbook