Resources & Research

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Authorizer Hopping: Motivations, Causes, and Ways to Stop It

Charter schools identified for closure do not always shut their doors. Instead, some charter schools identify and “hop” to a new authorizer willing to work with them to avoid accountability and remain open. This brief for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers explores how and why authorizer hopping happens and offers recommendations to stop it.

Find the full report here.

Policy and Procedures |

Using School Improvement Grant Funds to Increase Access to High-Quality Public Schools

This policy paper outlines a set of proposals that would allow states to use School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds to open new and expand existing high-quality public charter schools. In January 2014, Congress took action to broaden states’ uses of SIG funds.

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This scorecard is the 2014 annual ranking of charter school law by The Center for Education Reform, which serves as an easy visual to break down the the relative ranking of legislation across different areas related to charter schools for all states with such laws.  

See the full scorecard here.

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Accountability in Action: A Comprehensive Guide to Charter School Closure 2012

This 2012 updated charter school closure guide from the National Association of Charter School Authorizers provides detailed information about procedures, case studies, a sample closure plan and checklist, and sample letters to various constituencies. The 90-page guide has nine chapters: Why Good Authorizers Should Close Bad Schools; Using Performance Frameworks for Strong Accountability; Planning and Managing School Closure: Timing, Process, and Appeals; Preventing Mid-Year Closure; Reaching Closure Decisions: The

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Replicating Quality – Policy Recommendations to Support the Replication and Growth of High-Performing Charter Schools and Networks

This January 2014 report from the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and the Charter School Growth Fund identifies a set of key policies and practices that could dramatically accelerate the replication and growth of high-performing charter schools and charter networks. 

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Back to School Tallies: Estimated Number of Public Charter Schools & Students, 2013-2014

Each year, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools contacts state departments of education and state charter school associations to obtain lists of new and closed charter schools for the academic year. The numbers presented in this report are estimates.

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The State of Charter School Authorizing 2013: A Report on NACSA’s Authorizer Survey

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) seeks to document and analyze the progression of charter school authorizing practices through its annual authorizer survey. Each year, the organization documents its findings in The State of Charter School Authorizing.

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Virtual Schools: Assessing Progress and Accountability

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Principles & Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing 2012

The Principles & Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing was developed by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers

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Performance Framework Orientation and Use

This presentation provides an introduction to the Core Performance Framework and Guidance developed by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) to support charter school evaluation and a summary of the adaptation and use of the framework in New Jersey. The presentation  outlines key elements of the framework and offers examples of renewal data and analyses for two sample New Jersey schools.