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The Center for Education Reform (CER) has released its 2015 Parent Power Index (PPI). Each state receives a grade in school choice, charter schools, online learning, teacher quality, and transparency. The overall PPI score across the United States is only 68 percent, or a grade of D.
The top 10 states for parental power are:
- Indiana – 90%
- Florida – 89%
- Arizona – 88%
- District of Columbia – 83%
- Georgia – 81%
- Utah – 80%
- Louisiana – 79%
- Ohio – 78%
- Wisconsin – 78%
- Minnesota – 77%
Click the image below to see exactly where your state ranks for parental empowerment.
CER provides the PPI to provide as much information to parents as possible. They do not judge whether laws or good or bad. From CER’s website:
“Parent Power” means giving parents Access to quality educational Options and providing them with good Information to make smart decisions about their children’s education. The Parent Power Index (PPI) measures the ability in each state of a parent to exercise choices – no matter what their income or child’s level of academic achievement – engage with their local school and board, and have a voice in the systems that surround their child. The Parent Power Index gives parents an interactive tool to discover whether the state affords them power –and if not, what they can do to get it.
The Index does not score whether a state’s education laws are good or bad, but rather, for example, if those policies allow a maximum number of parents to actually make choices. The following “elements of power” provide a framework for evaluating and scoring state policies and practices that either ensure or limit Parent Power in the U.S.
CER even provides its scoring rubric if you want to learn how their researchers calculate the CER grades. View the rubric here.