Today, the U.S. Senate passed S. 1177, more commonly referred to as the “Every Child Achieves Act” (ECAA), a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The bipartisan, common sense charter provisions contained within the ECAA demonstrate the Senate is committed to ensuring all American children—including the 1.6 million children attending charter […]
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With legislative sessions across the country coming to a close for 2015, we saw performance transparency as a trend this session.
In The Paperwork Pileup, authors Michael Q. McShane, Jenn Hatfield, and Elizabeth English assert that charter authorizers are often creating “onerous and lengthy” application processes that may scare off charter operators. Why keep harking back to anyone’s “original intent” when we’ve got more than two decades of actual experience to guide practice?
Posted in Accountability, Authorizing Standards, Charter School Growth, Education Politics, Education Reform, One Million Lives, Performance Standards, Policy, Quality Authorizing, School Choice, Uncategorized on Apr 26th, 2015
Great news from Oklahoma today: after two years of hard work on the ground attending coalition meetings, researching data to support various polices and scrutinizing language, Gov. Mary Fallon signed Senate Bill 782 that will expand charters throughout the state.
Posted in Accountability, Ask the Experts, Authorizing Standards, Autonomy, Charter School Finance, Charter School Growth, Civil Rights, Common Core, Education Politics, Education Reform, English Language Learners, Enrollment, Governance, Human Capital, NACSA News, New Schools, One Million Lives, Performance Standards, Policy, Quality Authorizing, Research, School Choice, Special Education, Teacher Effectiveness on Apr 10th, 2015
Each year since 2008, NACSA has conducted the nation’s only targeted survey of charter school authorizers and authorizing practices. We will release the latest survey results starting on April 15 in an email series designed to connect data about authorizer practices with real implications for kids, families, schools, and communities. More on that another day. For the upcoming 2015 survey—which we will begin right after we release the 2014 results—we are reserving space to ask hundreds of authorizers your questions about authorizing, especially questions that get at what is beyond the “nuts and bolts” of authorizing.
In Washington DC, there are 66 early childhood public charter school programs that serve more than 15,000 students 3 years of age to second grade. Collectively, they use more than 30 different assessments to measure different reading and math skills and evaluate their programs’ academic performance… and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.