Authorizer Toolkit: Annual Reports Made Easy
Good news: one single practice—providing a simple yet comprehensive annual performance report to each charter school in your portfolio—can make a big difference. It can change how you prepare for your renewal process, help you communicate charter school performance to your community, and provide a useful tool to help your schools identify areas of strength and aspects that need improvement.
Annual performance reporting is an essential authorizing practice for effective oversight, communication with schools, and public accountability and transparency.
Many authorizers across the country provide annual performance reports to the charter schools they oversee, but some have not yet adopted the practice. They may think it’s too challenging, or they simply don’t know how to do it.
More good news: annual reporting is easier than you may think, and we’re here to help. NACSA offers a practical, step-by-step guide to help authorizers report annually on the academic, financial, and organizational performance for each charter school they oversee. This toolkit is useful for any authorizer, regardless of size, type, scope, or authorizing environment.
Download the NACSA Authorizer Toolkit:
- Part I explains why annual reporting is an essential practice for quality authorizing
- Part II outlines the information to include and provides simple steps to develop a basic annual performance report.
- Part III provides practical tools for authorizers to begin or improve annual reporting.
Sample Annual Reports:
- Indianapolis Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation
- The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools, Central Michigan University:
- School District of Philadelphia:
- Recorded Webinar: How Philadelphia Put Annual Reporting into Practice (Password: QualityCharters2017)