School Choice Score: 0%
The state permits parents some choices among traditional public schools both within and across districts, a new development in the last few years that has sparked controversy, opposition, and legislative efforts to put limits on these choices.
Charter Schools Score: 75%
Although the school boards have been active in their approval of schools totaling 125, the funding for charter school students is far from equitable as districts can take up to 20 percent of their funding in fees. The freedom of charter schools is limited because while they do receive a blanket waiver from most rules and regulations, there are restrictions on online/blended schools and district boards maintain power.
Online Learning Score: 0%
Three new virtual schools were approved to open. Oregon should allow more student access by eliminating district restrictions on enrollment without permission and allow students to enroll beyond full time.
- Source: Digital Learning Now!
Teacher Quality Score: 65%
Teachers not currently on probation are evaluated once every two years. Neither tenure decisions nor licensure advancement and renewal are based on teacher effectiveness. Ineffective classroom performance is not grounds for dismissal in the state. Seniority, not performance, is required to be considered during layoffs. Oregon school districts are given authority to negotiate how teachers are paid, and teachers in some districts can receive performance pay.