The National Governor's Association for Best Practices. "Providing Quality Choice Options in Education" says that the following are being used to increase student achievement and graduation rates across the nation.
Innovative school choice policies highlighted in the report include:
- strengthening and broadening charter laws;
- supporting transportation costs for low-income students;
- expanding eligibility for students to take college courses in high school;
- increasing the availability of virtual course offerings;
- providing equitable funding for all education providers;
- adopting school-based funding mechanisms; and
- offering tuition assistance for students to attend non-public K-12 schools.
The problem with most of these suggestions is that it requires someone to give up the power and authority they have. Power and authority that they've held for a long time and they will not give up easily.
Page 12 mentions our value-added system as being helpful.
This morning's Nashville City Paper has an article on this report. And for some odd reason their article left off the suggestion of offering tuition assistance for students to attend non-public K-12 schools.