ERIC Number: ED492999
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Charter School Site Visit Protocol, 2005-2006 School Year
Massachusetts Department of Education
Site visits are one of the means the Department of Education uses to document each charter school's performance and progress. These visits usually take place during the second and third years of the charter. The Charter School Office, however, reserves the right to conduct visits at other times when deemed necessary. The primary purposes of a site visit are to verify and augment the information contained in a school's annual report (especially regarding stated progress relative to school performance objectives) and to allow a site visit team to learn as much as it can about the general operation and performance of the school in the three key areas. Site visit reports also help educate the general public about each school and provide the school with critical feedback from an outside team. After the visit is over, a report is generated which documents evidence found during the day in the three key areas. This report becomes a part of the evidence base used by the Board of Education in deciding whether to renew the school's charter. [This report was produced by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Education, Charter School Office.]
Descriptors: Feedback, Institutional Evaluation, Charter Schools, Accreditation (Institutions), Evaluation Methods, Observation, Educational Quality
Massachusetts Department of Education. 350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148-5023. Tel: 781-338-3000; Web site: http://www.doe.mass.edu.
Publication Type: Guides - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston.