School Choice Score: 69%
A special-needs voucher is available to disabled students ages 5-21, although participation is limited (650 students) by the amount of money appropriated each year by the state, currently at $3.9 million, with applications subject to a random lottery. The state permits parents some choices among traditional public schools, allowing students to attend any public school in the state if there is room.
Charter Schools Score: 85%
Utah’s charter school law is considered strong because it provides nearly equitable funding to charter schools, facilities funding, and a strong authorizing system that includes capable independent bodies such as universities and the semi-independent state charter board. However, enrollment caps imposed by the state board threaten true parent power.
Online Learning Score: 95%
Utah’s Statewide Online Education Program allows funding to follow the student, expands access to online learning, allows multiple providers to be authorized to offer online courses, and is the nation’s leader in online learning according to Digital Learning Now.
- Source: Digital Learning Now!
Teacher Quality Score: 75%
Tenure decisions nor license advancement and renewal are based on effectiveness. Eligibility for dismissal is not a consequence of multiple unsatisfactory evaluations in Utah, and ineffective classroom performance is not a ground for dismissal. By 2015, salary schedules must be based on evaluation and not on seniority, and pay increases cannot be given to teachers who receive poor evaluations.