School Choice Score: 0%
Schools that participate in both of Pennsylvania’s tax scholarship programs are not mandated by the state to have testing requirements or admissions requirements (besides obeying non-discrimination laws) both of which have drastically increased the number of high quality private schools that have signed up for the program. However, restricting both programs to low income students has limited their ability to be effective for all Pennsylvanians.
- Source: EdChoice
Charter Schools Score: 72%
While there have been efforts to increase the number of entities who are able to authorize charter schools, Pennsylvania’s charter school law still only allows public school districts to authorize in the Keystone State. This is problematic because often public-school districts are hostile to charter schools and will work to limit the autonomy of the schools they authorize if they choose to authorize at all. In a state like Pennsylvania where over 40,000 students are on charter school waitlists it needs to be easier to open a charter school than it is currently.
Online Learning Score: 65%
The state must continue to work on barriers surrounding student access and eligibility.
Teacher Quality Score: 72%
Performance data makes up 50% of Pennsylvania’s teacher evaluation rubric. Teacher ineffectiveness is grounds for dismissal. Evidence of classroom efficacy is not considered when making tenure decisions. Effective teachers cannot earn performance pay.