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ERIC Number: ED541307
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
The Value of Quality On-Site School Reviews: Seeing is Believing. Ongoing Oversight and Evaluation. Authorizer Issue Brief. Number 4
DiBiase, Rebecca Wolf
National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1)
Monitoring and evaluating whether a charter school is in compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements and performing financially, organizationally, and academically requires the authorizer to examine a host of information about an individual school. Some of this information is reported by the school itself; vehicles such as self-reports, testing data, and financial audits detail indicators of the academic and organizational health of a school. While such documentation gives important information on how a school is performing, many authorizers have found that "seeing is believing" and have incorporated on-site reviews, or site visits, into their charter school oversight process. The benefits of on-site reviews are many. Site visits provide authorizers with a mechanism for verifying and corroborating information collected through reports, gauging the culture and climate of a school, gathering evidence of performance from a range of perspectives, and demonstrating the commitment of the authorizer to authentic accountability. There are a variety of models of how on-site reviews may be conducted and how they fit into the larger system of authorizer oversight. This issue brief will examine the key components of a quality on-site review as well as discuss choices to consider when designing school visits into a charter school oversight system. (Contains 6 examples and 3 endnotes.)
National Association of Charter School Authorizers. 105 West Adams Street Suite 3500, Chicago, IL 60603. Tel: 312-376-2300; Fax: 312-376-2400; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Association of Charter School Authorizers
Identifiers - Location: Colorado; District of Columbia; Indiana; Massachusetts; New York; United States