School Choice Score: 0%
Parents have some choice among traditional public schools, with students allowed to attend any public school in the state if there is room.
Charter Schools Score: 75%
The Evergreen State allows the creation of up to only 40 charter schools over five years. One opened in 2014 with already a troubled history. The law gives authorizing power to a state commission and school boards after applying, but it is still unclear how autonomous charters will be and whether funding will be even close to equitable.
Online Learning Score: 82%
During Washington’s 2012-2013 school year, over 23,000 students enrolled in 72,000 K-12 online courses, increasing in number by 18% in the 2011-2012 year.
- Source: Digital Learning Now!
Teacher Quality Score: 72%
Neither tenure decisions nor licensure advancement and renewal are based on teacher effectiveness. Ineffective classroom performance can be a reason for dismissal in Washington, though tenured teachers have multiple opportunities to appeal. Teacher compensation is controlled by a state salary schedule based on seniority and advanced degrees. Districts can include performance pay and incentives based on teacher effectiveness.