NACSA Survey Shows Drop in Charter School Closure Rate Since 2008-09

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Posted: January 30, 2012
Focus Areas: Authorizing

The percentage of charter schools being closed as part of a review of their contract for renewal has fallen from 12.6 percent in 2008-09  to 6.2 percent in 2010-11, according to a survey by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA).

“These findings don’t tell us whether the right number are being closed,” NACSA President and CEO Greg Richmond said in a statement released January 30, 2012, with the survey report, “but our experience suggests that authorizing agencies should be closing more, rather than fewer, poor-performing schools.”

The 2011 State of Charter School Authorizing: Fourth Annual Report on NACSA’s Authorizer Survey shows that the percentage for closures outside the renewal process has remained about the same, at 1.5 percent. Nonprofit organizations that serve as authorizers reported the highest percentage of charter school closures inside and outside of the renewal process.

The report provides data and trends about the nation’s estimated 957 authorizing organizations, which also include local education agencies, institutions of higher education, state education agencies, municipalities, and independent chartering boards. They authorize more than 5,600 charter schools that enroll more than 2 million students, according to the report.