Identifying Indicators of Distress in Charter Schools: Part 1 – The Role and Perspective of Charter School Authorizers
Produced by National Charter School Resource Center
This report labels and categorizes the indicators of distress that authorizers encounter as a school’s quality begins to decline. The report can help authorizers and other charter sector stakeholders recognize signs of distress in schools in their unique contexts and take action towards the goal of school improvement. This report is the product of extensive qualitative research and formal interviews with nine authorizers across policy contexts from a variety of authorizing entities.
State entities can use the report to better understand authorizers’ evolving roles, especially related to school improvement.
Charter school developers and leaders and CMOs can use the report to help assess quality and health and drive improvement in schools in distress.
Charter support organizations can use the report to help facilitate continual support throughout the school lifecycle.
Previous efforts to identify promising practices in charter schools have often relied on self-reported practices from high-performing schools, with little assessment of local context, generalizability,
Written intentionally for school leaders, board members, and charter school authorizers, this report and accompanying video share Perry Street Preparatory Public Charter School's story of comprehensive improvement and describes the necessary conditions for turnaround success.
Four Domains for Significant and Sustainable Charter School Improvement: A Systems Framework for the Charter Context
This resource outlines a research-based framework designed to help educators and policymakers in the charter school system organize and guide both policy and action for rapid school improvement.
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