School Choice Score: 0%
Charter Schools Score: 0%
Despite being one entity that is able to authorize charter schools, the Massachusetts State Board of Education has remained hands off with they regulate charter schools, allowing successful charter schools to operate with little to no oversight from their authorizer and producing phenomenal results for kids.
Online Learning Score: 0%
Overall Massachusetts earned an F for digital learning driven primarily by its limits on student access to online learning options. There are restrictions on enrollment and on the types of providers of digital content, too. During 2013, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts converted its first Commonwealth virtual school, the Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield, which opened in 2010. The virtual school serves students from kindergarten through 12th grade. While some student choice models exist, local districts still control access to digital learning at the school/student level.
Teacher Quality Score: 0%
While new teachers are evaluated annually, veteran teachers can be evaluated once every two years. While these evaluations are required to use some objective measures of student growth there is no evidence that these measures are significant in determining the result of the evaluation. Teachers can be dismissed if they fail to meet the state mandated performance standards. However, student results are not the preponderant factor as to whether or not teachers receive tenure and teachers are ineligible to receive performance related pay increases.
- Source: State Teacher Policy Yearbook