School Choice Score: 0%
Charter Schools Score: 78%
Texas’ law allows for school districts and the state commissioner of education to authorize charter schools. Allowing universities to authorize charter schools as well would help this market expand. Additionally, Texas has recently added several well-meaning regulations such as automatic closure for failing schools which while good intentioned could very easily place students in worse situations than they were previously in.
Online Learning Score: 82%
Students are provided a wide range of options through the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN). Texas passed legislation in 2013 that gives students the option to take up to three funded TxVSN courses each year, although with restrictions.
Teacher Quality Score: 68%
Teachers that were once rated proficient need to be evaluated once every five years while other teachers need to be evaluated every year. Objective measures of student achievement or growth do not need to be used when evaluating teachers. Ineffectiveness is not grounds for dismissal and evidence of effectiveness is not a major factor in tenure decisions. Effective teachers are not eligible for performance related compensation.