School Choice Score: 62%
The Carson Special Needs Scholarship program provides private school vouchers of variable amounts to students who have disabilities. While funding for the program is light the cap on appropriations can increase if the program exceeds over seven percent of the number of special needs students in Utah. The program also is light on regulations on participating schools who only need to provide participating parents results of annual assessments and an outline of the services being given to their child.
- Source: EdChoice
Charter Schools Score: 78%
Utah’s charter schools get very equitable operational funding and extra funding assistance from the state government to make up for local tax dollars. These strong funds allow charter schools to operate without the traditional financial constraints that usually restrict charter schools. However, enrollment caps on charter schools plus a renewed focus on regulation from the state charter school board threaten to harm the strong charter sector in Utah.
Online Learning Score: 92%
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.
Teacher Quality Score: 78%
Objective measures of student performance account for 20% of the teacher evaluation rubric. Teacher ineffectiveness is not grounds for dismissal. Effectiveness in the classroom is not the largest criteria when determining tenure. Effective teachers are eligible to earn performance pay.
- Source: State Teacher Policy Yearbook