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Principles & Standards


The Principles & Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing, first established in 2004, reflect the lessons learned by experienced authorizers. This foundational resource for NACSA has been used to guide authorizing practices across the country and has been referenced in state statutes. It focuses on the ends that authorizers should be aiming to attain in creating and upholding high expectations for the schools they charter while recognizing that there are many means of getting there. The Principles articulate a set of beliefs about quality charter school authorizing. The Standards identify core authorizer responsibilities and describe how the principles are upheld within each core responsibility. Consult this resource often as a guide to understanding and fulfilling the critical responsibilities of charter school authorizers.

The 2012 revision of Principles & Standards was drafted with considerable input from a national Advisory Panel of diverse, experienced practitioners. The new edition identifies three Core Principles and includes new standards and practical guidance in the five key areas of agency capacity and commitment; application process and decision making; performance contracting; ongoing oversight and evaluation; and revocation and renewal decision making. This publication will be updated periodically. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to order hard copies.

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