School Choice Score: 0%
Charter Schools Score: 62%
Washington’s charter school law has faced a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality from its inception, effectively halting the growth of charter schools. Even if the law did not have a lawsuit holding up its growth Washington’s law would be weak due to not allowing independent authorizers to authorize schools and having a cap of 40 charter schools that could be opened.
Online Learning Score: 82%
During Washington’s 2012-2013 school year, over 23,000 students enrolled in 72,000 K-12 online courses, increasing in number by 18% in the 2011-2012 year.
Teacher Quality Score: 72%
Teacher evaluations require some evidence of effectiveness and student growth must be a significant criterion. Teacher ineffectiveness is grounds for dismissal. Evidence of effectiveness is not the preponderant criteria for tenure decisions. Effective teachers are ineligible to receive performance pay.
- Source: State Teacher Policy Yearbook