2018 PPI Score
School Choice Score: 89%
Individual Tax Credit/Deduction
Indiana’s Private School/Homeschool Deduction program was enacted and launched in 2011. It allows parents to receive partial reimbursement for their schooling expenses.
Indiana’s Choice Scholarship Program was enacted in 2011 and is now one of the country’s largest and fastest-growing school voucher programs. It is currently open to low- and middle-income families.
Indiana’s tax-credit scholarship program was enacted in 2009 and began in 2010 to help low- income and working class families access the right school for their children’s needs.
Charter Schools Score: 92%
Indiana receives an “A” in the rankings. Indiana’s law receives high marks because it allows for
multiple, strong authorizers and grants charter schools significant operational autonomies.
A variety of competent authorizers, such as Ball State University and the Indianapolis Charter School Board (mayor’s office), ensure that parents have access to diverse offerings. The
state’s authorizers have also shown that they can properly balance oversight with the spirit of innovation, allowing schools the autonomies they require to serve students well.
The state’s funding formula is overly complicated, however; resulting in fewer per-pupil dollars allocated to charter school students. Charter school students may receive up to 40 percent less funding to support their education in comparison to district schools.
- Law passed in 2001
- 83 charter schools
- Estimated charter school enrollment: 43,900
- Indiana’s Law does not cap the number of charter schools that can exist
- Charter schools are not supported for pre-k
- Virtual charter schools are allowed
- Charter schools are encouraged to partner with effective education service providers
- Indiana earns 14 of 15 possible points for “authorizing.” The law allows school boards, public four-year state universities, a state commission, and the Mayor of Indianapolis to authorize schools.
- Indiana earns a 13 out of 15 for “growth.” While Indiana does not cap the number of charter schools that can be authorized, the law does not allow for a charter holder to operate multiple campuses under the same charter, which means that every time a successful charter holder wants to expand or create a new school, they have to begin the charter application process from the beginning. This lengthy process not only discourages many proven providers from opening multiple schools, but also ensures that those who do want to open multiple schools must go through a lengthy process to do so.
- The state provides charters a blanket waiver from most rules and regulations that constrain district schools. This earns it a positive “operations” score. Recent events in the state suggest that charter school autonomy may need to be better protected from political interference.
- Indiana’s charter schools are not funded at parity with their district counterparts, lowering the state’s “funding equity” score.
Teacher Quality Score: 82%
Delivering Well Prepared Teachers B-
Expanding the Pool of Teachers F
Identifying Effective Teachers B-
Retaining Effective Teachers B-
Exiting Ineffective Teachers B-
Overall State Grade B-