Resources & Research

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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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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.