School Choice Score: 75%
The Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities serves a mere 290 students and are available to special needs students who have spent the prior year in a public school. The state also provides a tax credit scholarship for low-income families. The state permits parents some choices among traditional public schools, which permits students to attend any public school in the state if there is room.
Charter Schools Score: 75%
The Sooner State has added university authorizers, virtual charter schools, and a blanket waiver, although inequitable funding and a cap on where charters can open continue to be problematic for growth.
Online Learning Score: 82%
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.
- Source: Digital Learning Now!
Teacher Quality Score: 82%
Tenure decisions are connected to evidence of teacher effectiveness, and the more effective a teacher, the shorter the probationary period. Teachers who receive two consecutive ineffective evaluations can be dismissed from their job. Performance is the top criterion for districts during layoffs. Teachers can receive performance pay and additional compensation for working in high-need schools or shortage subject areas.