School Choice Score: 62%
Virginia’s education improvement scholarship program has a funding cap of $25 million which is too low to truly provide opportunity for the majority of students in the state. Students must come from households whose incomes are below 300% of the federal poverty line further limiting the scope of the program.
Charter Schools Score: 0%
Virginia’s law only allows for school districts to authorize charter schools. These school districts have total control over charter schools ranging from how much they get funded and what regulations apply to them. Not surprisingly districts have used this authority to effectively stop charter schools from opening, expanding, and innovating, ultimately harming the students of Virginia.
Online Learning Score: 85%
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 is now required to complete an online course in order to graduate.
Teacher Quality Score: 78%
Student achievement data makes up 40% of Virginia’s teacher evaluation criteria. Teachers can be dismissed for incompetence if they have one or more unsatisfactory performance evaluations. Evidence of effectiveness is not taken into account for tenure decisions. School districts can apply for grants from the state in order to earn performance pay.
- Source: State Teacher Policy Yearbook