School Choice Score: 69%
Virginia offers a tax credit scholarship to about 400 students who come from a family with an income of less than 300 percent of the federal poverty guidelines and are enrolled in K-12, are a previous scholarship recipient, or are a new resident. The state does not permit parents to choose among traditional schools.
Charter Schools Score: 0%
Despite the continued animosity of these boards to charters, the state’s elected leaders have failed to make meaningful changes to the charter law, and the results have been very few opportunities in a surprisingly diverse state when it comes to its student population.
Online Learning Score: 82%
Virginia is one of a few states requiring an online class for graduation beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, but caps on virtual school enrollment and boundary restrictions limit student access to online learning opportunities. Virginia has opportunities for students to access online courses for all K-12 students and students starting in 9th grade are now required to complete an online course in order to graduate.
- Source: Digital Learning Now!
Teacher Quality Score: 78%
Neither tenure decisions nor licensure advancement and renewal are based on teacher effectiveness. There is no assurance that tenured teachers who receive unsatisfactory evaluations will be eligible for dismissal if they fail to improve. Ineffective classroom performance is not grounds for dismissal, but performance is the top criterion when deciding layoffs. Virginia has a performance pay initiative, and in order for schools to participate they must use student growth in their teacher evaluations.