State Policy Analysis: Ranking List

State laws and policies greatly determine:

1
Accessibility

The number of charter schools in existence that protect students and public interests.

2
Autonomy

The flexibility charter schools will have to operate.

3
Accountability

The standards of quality and oversight charter schools must meet.

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) approaches these laws and policies from a unique position—real-world experience. NACSA is a professional membership organization of the agencies that approve, monitor, renew, and sometimes close charter schools. Based on that experience, it also analyzes and ranks the alignment of each state’s current policies with eight recommendations.

 

Rank State 2015 Score
1 Indiana 33
1 Nevada 33
3 Ohio 32
4 Alabama 31
5 Texas 27
6 Minnesota 26
6 Mississippi 26
8 Missouri 25
8 South Carolina 25
10 Louisiana 24
10 Oklahoma 24
12 Delaware 21
12 Hawaii 21
14 Georgia 20
14 Tennessee 20
16 District of Columbia 19
16 Maine 19
18 Arizona 18
18 Florida 18
20 Idaho 16
21 Connecticut 15
21 Massachusetts 15
21 New Mexico 15
21 North Carolina 15
21 Wisconsin 15
26 Illinois 14
27 New Jersey 13
27 Rhode Island 13
29 Arkansas 12
29 New Hampshire 12
31 California 11
31 Pennsylvania 11
33 Colorado 10
34 Michigan 9
35 Utah 8
36 New York 7
37 Oregon 5
38 Iowa 4
39 Alaska 3
39 Wyoming 3
41 Maryland 2
42 Virginia 1
43 Kansas 0
  Washington 33

 

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