Friday, March 8, 2013

Charter School Authorizers Group Issues 2012 Professional Practice Index - National Association of Charter School Authorizers

Charter School Authorizers Group Issues 2012 Professional Practice Index - National Association of Charter School Authorizers:


Charter School Authorizers Group Issues 2012 Professional Practice Index

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NACSA report provides roadmap for better charter schools

March 6, 2013 (CHICAGO) –The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) today released its 2012 Index of Essential Practices, a set of professional practices to guide quality charter school approval and monitoring.

Good charter school authorizing is critical to improving the quality of charter schools across the nation. For authorizers—those entities that approve, monitor, renew and if necessary, close charter schools—the Index also serves as a tool for initial self-evaluation, and includes findings on individual authorizer practices across the country.

“The Index lays out a set of authorizing practices that can strengthen the charter school initiative in a given state—and that means better schools for children and families,” said NACSA President and CEO Greg Richmond.

NACSA’s Index of Essential Practices articulates a set of 12 practices for authorizers that can significantly improve the quality of their work—and in turn the quality of the charter schools in their portfolios. The 12 Index components, which include practices such as requiring a signed contract with each charter school and having established renewal criteria, are basic, minimum expectations—not complex challenges that will take years to implement. They serve as a starting point to enable any of the nation’s nearly 1,000 charter authorizers to improve their own work.

Reporting on authorizers that include those responsible for overseeing the majority of charter schools in the nation, 

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