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PARENT POWER means parents have access to quality educational options and are provided with good information to make smart decisions about their children’s education. The PARENT POWER INDEX gives parents an interactive tool to discover whether their state affords them power – and if not, what they can do to get it. Click on the map to find whether you have real power in your state — and what you can do to improve education in the US!

Indiana

#1

Overall PPI: 87.0%

Florida

#2

Overall PPI: 84.0%

Ohio

#3

Overall PPI: 82.0%

Louisiana

#4

Overall PPI: 81.0%

Arizona

#5

Overall PPI: 80.0%

D.C.

#6

Overall PPI: 79.0%

Wisconsin

#7

Overall PPI: 77.5%

Georgia

#8

Overall PPI: 77.0%

Minnesota

#9

Overall PPI: 76.6%

Utah

#10

Overall PPI: 76.4%

Michigan

#11

Overall PPI: 76.2%

Pennsylvania

#12

Overall PPI: 73.0%

Colorado

#13

Overall PPI: 72.0%

Oklahoma

#14

Overall PPI: 71.0%

South Carolina

#15

Overall PPI: 71.0%

New York

#16

Overall PPI: 70.5%

North Carolina

#17

Overall PPI: 70.0%

California

#18

Overall PPI: 68.5%

Idaho

#19

Overall PPI: 68.0%

Rhode Island

#20

Overall PPI: 67.6%

Missouri

#21

Overall PPI: 67.4%

Washington

#22

Overall PPI: 67.2%

Delaware

#23

Overall PPI: 66.4%

Texas

#24

Overall PPI: 66.2%

Nevada

#25

Overall PPI: 66.0%

Tennessee

#26

Overall PPI: 65.6%

Maine

#27

Overall PPI: 65.4%

New Mexico

#28

Overall PPI: 65.2%

Massachusetts

#29

Overall PPI: 65.0%

Oregon

#30

Overall PPI: 64.6%

New Jersey

#31

Overall PPI: 64.4%

Hawaii

#32

Overall PPI: 64.2%

Arkansas

#33

Overall PPI: 63.5%

Illinois

#34

Overall PPI: 63.0%

New Hampshire

#35

Overall PPI: 62.5%

Connecticut

#36

Overall PPI: 62.0%

Wyoming

#37

Overall PPI: 61.0%

Maryland

#38

Overall PPI: 60.6%

Virginia

#39

Overall PPI: 60.4%

Kansas

#40

Overall PPI: 60.2%

Mississippi

#41

Overall PPI: 59.6%

Alabama

#42

Overall PPI: 59.4%

Alaska

#43

Overall PPI: 59.2%

West Virginia

#44

Overall PPI: 58.6%

Iowa

#45

Overall PPI: 58.4%

South Dakota

#46

Overall PPI: 58.2%

Vermont

#47

Overall PPI: 57.5%

Kentucky

#48

Overall PPI: 57.0%

North Dakota

#49

Overall PPI: 56.5%

Nebraska

#50

Overall PPI: 56.0%

Montana

#51

Overall PPI: 0.0%

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Top 10 States

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  • School choice means giving parents the power and opportunity to choose the school their child will attend. States that give all parents the opportunity to choose the best school for their child – whether public, private, parochial or charter – ensure Parent Power!.
  • Teacher quality comes with strong, data-driven, performance-based accountability systems that ensure teachers are rewarded, retained and advanced based on how they perform in adding value to the students who they teach, measured predominantly by student achievement, along with skills and responsibilities.
  • Transparency in education means giving parents access to good and objective information about their schools, student and teacher performance and options.
  • The movement toward improving education in the U.S. today includes a strong focus on online learning, an approach that involves a myriad of delivery mechanisms via online tools for students, no matter where they live or attend school. Online learning is opening up classrooms to the world and ensuring students access to some of the best content and educators.
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