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Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program

The Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTCP) was created pursuant to Act 85 of 2012.  This program enables eligible students residing within the boundaries of a low-achieving school to apply for a scholarship to attend another public or nonpublic school. A low-achieving school is defined as a public elementary or secondary schools within this Commonwealth that ranked in the lowest 15% of its designation as elementary for the 2012-13 school year based on the combined Mathematics/Algebra I and Reading/Literature scores from the annual assessments (PASA, PSSA, and/or Keystone) administered in the 2013.

The term shall not include a charter school, cyber charter school or area vocational-technical school.

The definition we used was a secondary school had an 11th grade and an elementary school was anyone else.

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Applications to receive students who receive Opportunity Scholarships for the 2014-15 school year may be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education throughout the 2013-14 school year.

PDE will begin posting the list of receiving schools the week of March 31 and will be periodically updated as new requests are received.