Resources & Research

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Virtual Schools: Assessing Progress and Accountability

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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.

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Anecdotes Aren't Enough: An Evidence-Based Approach to Accountability for Alternative Charter Schools

This October 2013 report from the National Association of Charter School Authorizers focuses on accountability for charter schools that serve alternative populations of students, including dropouts, adjudicated youths and pregnant or parenting teens. The report reviews the policy landscape, discusses performance measures, and offers recommendations.

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D.C. Charter Schools: Strengthening Monitoring and Process When Schools Close Could Improve Accountability and Ease Student Transitions

This 2005 Government Accountability Office report, which focuses on Washington, D.C., covers charter school authorizers' resources, oversight practices, and charter school closure procedures.

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Idaho Facilities Funding vs. Authorizer Fees

This table from the School Choice section of the Idaho Department of Education shows what charter schools of various sizes are expected to net as a result of April 2013 changes to state law that will provide funding for charter school facilities and require charter schools to pay authorizer fees.

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The State of Charter School Authorizing, 2012

This April 2013 report from the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) provides information about the number and type of authorizers, as well as trends in the use of NACSA practices and school approval and closure actions.

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2012 Index of Essential Practices, National Association of Charter School Authorizers

The 2012 Index of Essential Practices from the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) offers guidance for authorizers, and it includes the results of a survey of authorizers’ use of such basic practices as requiring a signed contract with charter schools and establishing renewal criteria.

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Michigan Public School Academy (Charter School) Authorizer Rankings

This January 2013 report from the Michigan Department of Education and Michigan State University Education Policy Center compares the performance of public school academy (charter school) authorizers in the state that authorize at least three schools. Ranking is based on student achievement and growth, graduation rates, and authorizer improvement.

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U.S. District Court Judge's Order Denying Complaint that State's Authorization of Little Rock-Area Charter Schools Violates 1989 Desegregation Agreement

This judge's order from the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas, Western Division, denies a complaint from the Little Rock School District (LRSD), among others, that the state’s authorization of charter schools violates a 1989 desegregation settlement involving LRSD and surrounding Pulaski County school districts.

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Back to School Tallies: Estimated Number of Public Charter Schools and Students, 2012-2013

This January 2013 report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools estimates the number of new charter schools that opened across the country and additional students for the 2012-13 school year and also includes the number of charter school closures. It includes state-by-state breakouts of data.