Oct 1, 2012
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Education Liberty Watch Private School Choice Freedom Grading Scale Table

STATE

TYPE OF SCHOOL CHOICE

TYPE OF ACCOUNTABILITY TESTING IF ANY

ACCEPTED COMMON CORE?

FREEDOM GRADE

Arizona (2006) CSTC –  Means tested Nationally norm referenced test

Yes

B

Arizona (1997) ISTC None listed

Yes

A

Arizona (2009) CSTC-low income & foster children None listed

Yes

 

A

Arizona (2011) ESA – Children w/disabilities None listed

Yes

A

Colorado (2011) UV-  Douglas Co. State tests for  recipients

Yes

D

 

Florida (1999- expanded 2011) SNV (McKay) None Listed

Yes

A

Florida (2001 & expanded  2011 & 2012) CSTC Recipients must take either national norm-referenced  or state tests

Yes

C

Georgia (2001) SNV Schools must report recipients’ academic progress to parents and state

Yes

A+

Georgia (2008) CSTC & ISTC None listed

Yes

A

Indiana (2009) CSTC & ISTC State or NNRT

Yes

C

Indiana (2011) MTV Private schools must administer state tests

Yes

F

Iowa  (2006 & expanded in 2011) ISTC & CSTC None listed

Yes

A

Louisiana (2008) MTV/FSV in New Orleans Private schools must administer state tests to voucher recipients

Yes

D

Louisiana (2010) SNV None listed

Yes

A

Louisiana (2012) MTV/FSV – statewide State tests to recipients  & report to parents

Yes

D+

North Carolina (2011) ISTC – disabilities None listed

Yes

A

New Hampshire (2012) ISTC & CSTC None listed

Yes

A+

Ohio (1995) MTV –  Cleveland School District Private schools must administer state tests

Yes

F

Ohio (2003) SNV – autism None listed

Yes

A

Ohio (2005) FSV Private schools must administer state tests

Yes

F

Ohio (2011) SNV School must administer state tests unless student exempted due to IEP

Yes

D

Oklahoma (2010) SNV None listed

Yes

A

Oklahoma (2011) CSTC & ISTC NONE – Ensures academic accountability through regular progress reports to parents

Yes

A+

Pennsylvania (2001) CSTC None listed

Yes

A

Rhode Island (2006) CSTC None listed

Yes

A

Utah (2005) SNV Administer annual assessment of student’s academic progress and report results to the student’s parents

Yes

B

Virginia (2012) CSTC Private schools must administer NNRT annually, report results to parents, & aggregate results to state DOE

No

B+

Washington, DC (2004) MTV Administer NNRT & conduct  comparative evaluation  utilizing D.C. PublicSchools, Charter Schools, and OSP school testing data

Yes

B+

Wisconsin (1990) MTV –  Milwaukee district Administer state tests to scholarship recipients in grade 4, 8, & 10 & provide scores to School Choice DemonstrationProject

Yes

D+

Wisconsin (2011) MTV – Racine district Administer state tests to scholarship recipients in grades 4, 8, and 10

Yes

D+

FREEDOM GRADING SCALE:

A+ = No testing requirements and accountability only to parents

A = No testing requirements

B+ = Requires only a nationally norm-referenced test and reports results to parents

B = Requires only a nationally norm-referenced test  (Not currently tied to Common Core)

C = Requires the state tests or a nationally norm-referenced test

D+ = Requires private schools to give voucher recipients the state tests but reports results to an outside entity instead of the state

D = Requires private schools to give voucher/tax credit recipients the state tests

F = Requires private schools to give state tests to all students in a private school

ABBREVIATIONS:

CSTC = Corporate Scholarship Tax Credit

ESA = Education Savings Account

FSV = Failing School Voucher

ISTC = Individual Scholarship Tax Credit

MTV = Means Tested Voucher

NNRT = Nationally Norm-Referenced Test

SNV = Special Needs Voucher

UV = Universal Voucher

*Information, except for 2012 laws, adapted from Alliance for School Choice: School Choice Year Book 2011-12

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9 Comments

  • Implying that Common Core/federal mandates are the problem associated with private schools (corporations) getting our tax dollars misses the mark entirely. The problem is that private schools ARE taking public money knowing full well that, in doing so, they are becoming agents of the state.

    “Publicly funded and privately serviced” is unconstitutional & unAmerican no matter the rest of the story.

    Are we to simply forget that private schools ARE NOT being forced to take vouchers? If they don’t want Common Core, the solution is a simple one: stay private — don’t accept government assistance of any kind. Afterall, that is the definition of “private school”.

    A very important point seems to keep being left-out of the discussion: “School Choice” IS designed to be THE END OF PRIVATE SCHOOL EDUCATION WHETHER COMMON CORE STANDARDS OR STATE STANDARDS ARE UTILIZED.

    What states are really being asked to decide in the “School Choice” debate is: do you only want government education–do you want to end the choice of parents to private education??

    Unfortunately, this cold, hard fact has been totally lost in all of this.

    The fight that we must wage is for the rights of Americans to NOT have their money that should be starting, expanding or securing OUR OWN businesses taken from us by the state and given to other corporations.

    The fight that we must wage is to ensure that our grandchildren and their grandchildren will have the same opportunity that many of us gave to our children: a private education free of government interference in schools not sullied by participation in public-private partnerships.

    Publicly Funded + Privately Serviced = Nothing Resembling the U.S of A.

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