A new tool from the Center for Education Reform uses the Parent Power Index to discover whether one’s state allows parents to easily access information about quality educational options and make smart decisions regarding their child’s education.
North Carolina was ranked #31 overall with a PPI score of 64.4 percent. Looking at parental school choice on a broad scale, parents do have access to some public charter schools, virtual schooling, and a tax credit for children with disabilities.
North Carolina has the second largest state virtual school, but the Center for Education Reform says growth slowed this year when the funding formula changed. In addition, several school districts are looking at adding online and blended learning options.
As for transparency, the PPI says NC does say the state’s websites for accessing school-performance data is user-friendly. However, this information is not as available for public charter schools and tax credit for students with disabilities.
You can access the PPI and more information about NC here.