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ERIC Number: ED544314
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The State of Charter School Authorizing 2011. Fourth Annual Report on NACSA'S Authorizer Survey
Conlan, Sean
National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1)
This report presents the findings from a rigorous national survey of charter school authorizers conducted in 2011 by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA). This is the fourth time NACSA has conducted this type of national survey. As in years past, the vast majority of authorizers (90 percent) are school districts and they oversee a slight majority of charter schools (52 percent of all charter schools). Put another way, 10 percent of authorizers are not school districts and they authorize 48 percent of all charter schools. Yet differences among authorizers' practices have more to do with the number of schools they oversee than the type of institution they are. Authorizers that oversee 10 or more charter schools implement a greater number of professional practices than those that oversee fewer schools. Continuing a pattern seen in 2009-2010, closure rates have fallen for charter schools that go through a review at the end of their charter term. Among authorizers responding to this survey, only 6.2 percent of charters reviewed for renewal were closed during the 2010-2011 school year, down from 8.8 percent in 2009-2010 and 12.6 percent in 2008-2009. NASCA believes that it is too soon to know whether this is a short-term anomaly or a larger trend. Also unknown is whether the decline reflects a change in authorizer practices, an improvement in school quality, or other factors. This year's report adds a new emphasis, presenting data on NACSA's "Index of Essential Practices". This resource summarizes authorizer implementation of practices ranging from having established application criteria and interviewing applicants to having established charter renewal and revocation criteria. More than the type or size of an authorizer, the implementation of key practices and how well they are executed likely influence whether authorizers approve strong applicants and close underperforming schools. Appended are:(1) Survey Methodology; and (2) NACSA Resources for Authorizers. (Contains 4 tables, 13 figures, and 13 endnotes). [This report was written in close collaboration with Alex Medler.]
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; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Walton Family Foundation; Robertson Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Association of Charter School Authorizers
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; California; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Maine; Minnesota; Nevada; New Jersey; North Carolina; Texas