The Principles & Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing, established in 2004, reflect lessons learned by experienced authorizers. This foundational resource guides authorizing practices across the country and is referenced in state statutes.
Principles & Standards is designed to help authorizers set high expectations for the schools they charter, while recognizing there are many ways for schools to meet those expectations.
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 responsibility. Consult this resource often to fulfill the critical responsibilities of every charter school authorizers.
Maintain high standards for schools
Uphold school autonomy
Protect student and public interests
Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing
Each standard is categorized within the following five categories: