Available 2015 State of Charter Authorizing Data

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NACSA’s 2015 survey contains data on 163 authorizers across the country. While we provide complex sets of information to individual authorizers, we are happy to provide aggregated information to other parties interested in advancing quality opportunities for students.

Please contact NACSA’s Manager of Research and Evaluation, Sherry Tracewski, at sherryt@qualitycharters.org for inquiries. If your inquiry topic is not listed in the following sampling of available 2015 survey data, NACSA may still be able to help answer your questions about authorizers or authorizing.

APPLICATION PRACTICES

  • Number and percentage of applications received and approved
  • Extent to which authorizers use expert panels
  • Extent to which authorizers interview applicants

CLOSURE PRACTICES

  • Number and percentage of charters undergoing a high-stakes review
  • Charter renewal and non-renewal criteria
  • Closure rate, including number and percentage of closures during the renewal review process and outside that process (i.e., revoked or surrendered charters)
  • Extent to which authorizer closure decisions are appealed

REPLICATION AND EXPANSION

  • Number and percentage of charters that are replications or expansions

PERFORMANCE CONTRACTS AND FRAMEWORKS

  • Number and percentage of authorizers that sign performance contracts

OVERSIGHT PRACTICES

  • Financial oversight and monitoring practices, including how authorizers evaluate school financial health, as well as how often
  • Length of typical charter term

STAFFING

  • Future hiring plans
  • Number of staff, including number of staff by number of schools and number of students

VIRTUAL SCHOOLS AND ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION CAMPUSES

  • Number and percentage of authorizers overseeing virtual schools or alternative education campuses
  • Proportion of schools that are virtual schools or alternative education campuses
  • Number of applications received from virtual school or alternative education campus proposals
  • Use of alternative accountability systems for alternative education campuses

INDEX OF ESSENTIAL PRACTICES

  • Number and percentage of authorizers implementing any and/or all of NACSA’s Essential Practices