School Choice Score: 0%
Maryland’s voucher program is a line item appropriation which means the funding does not follow students as it would if it was an established program and is at the whims of the legislature from year to year.
- Source: EdChoice
Charter Schools Score: 0%
The only entities that can authorize charter schools in Maryland are local public-school districts. These districts show outright hostility towards charter schools and micromanage them to the point where charters cease to be innovative bodies that can produce results for students. Charters face outward hostilities from boards, are micromanaged, operationally limited, poorly funded and are not even allowed to hire their own principals and staff to ensure success under their model.
Online Learning Score: 75%
This considerably limits access, eligibility, and the quality and quantity of providers of digital content. Maryland’s online course enrollments have dramatically risen from 647 during the 2011-12 school year to 4,530 in the 2012-13 school year. Additionally, the numbers of approved online courses grew from 74 to 93 courses.
Teacher Quality Score: 0%
Teachers have annual evaluations and objective measures of student growth are required to be a significant portion of the evaluation rubric. However, student performance is not a large factor in decisions regarding tenure and teacher compensation.
- Source: State Teacher Policy Yearbook