Welcome to NACSA
Across the nation, education leaders are discussing how to produce a greater number of high quality charter schools to meet the educational needs of public school students. NACSA members are at the center of those conversations.
NACSA is unique in the charter school movement. It is devoted exclusively to improving public education by improving the policies and practices of the organizations responsible for authorizing charter schools. Quality authorizing leads to quality charter schools, and NACSA is creating the environment of expectations, relationships, practices, policy, and resources for authorizers to excel.
NACSA works with local experts to create the conditions needed for quality schools to thrive. We push for high standards for authorizers and help to define successful authorizer practices.
Through our annual leadership conference and the impact of our Fund for Authorizing Excellence, NACSA and its members are leading the way toward an even more professional, creative, and effective charter school authorizing sector.
NACSA believes that genuine reform through charter schools occurs through the balanced interplay of three principles: choice, autonomy, and accountability. Good authorizers maintain high standards for themselves and their schools, preserve the autonomy of the schools they charter, and protect the interests of students and the communities they serve.
Authorizers maintain quality within the charter school sector. This publication gives a brief overview of how NACSA and its members are leading the way toward an even more professional, creative, and effective charter school authorizing sector.