Parent choice: Is it all it's cracked up to be?
- The Center for Educational Reform on Tuesday released its 2013 "Parent Power Index," ranking states based on their laws on charter schools, school choice, teacher quality, transparency and online learning—and the power those laws give parents in educational choices.
- Topping the list were Indiana, Florida, Ohio, Louisiana and Arizona, while Vermont, Kentucky, North Dakota, Nebraska and Montana ranked lowest.
- Of particular interest, several of the lowest-ranked states outperform those at the top in both math and reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, with 29th ranked Massachusetts topping NAEP scores in both subjects for grades 4 and 8.
From the article:
... The group describes itself as a "leading advocate for structural and sustainable changes" in education policy and has drawn financial support from the Broad Foundation, the Gates Foundation and SABIS Educational Systems, a charter school operator, among other groups. ...
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