Authorizing Data in Depth: Essential Practices
USE OF ESSENTIAL AUTHORIZING PRACTICES
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Nearly two-thirds (61 percent) of large authorizers are now implementing at least 11 or more of NACSA’s 12 Essential Practices for Quality Authorizing. That represents a nearly threefold increase, up from a baseline of fewer than one-quarter of large authorizers (23 percent) in 2012. Authorizers have consistently done well with such practices as having strong criteria for new school applications, charter school renewal, and revocation, and requiring financial audits of all schools they oversee.
These large authorizers reported implementing 11 or more Essential Practices in the 2015 authorizer survey:
However, there is still cause for concern, as too many large authorizers have not adopted many of these foundational practices. Nearly 21 percent of large authorizers are implementing nine or fewer Essential Practices. Authorizers are still not implementing at high rates such areas as using a panel of experts to evaluate new school applications, annual public reporting of school performance, and establishing an initial five-year charter term, forcing a high-stakes review at that time.