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Boast, Lyria; Ellison, Shonaka; Hassel, Bryan C.; Conlan, Sean; Rausch, M. Karega – National Association of Charter School Authorizers, 2016
As charter school authorizers and states have increased performance expectations and grown less hesitant to close failing schools, "authorizer shopping" has emerged as a growing threat to overall charter school quality. Authorizer shopping happens when a charter school chooses or changes its authorizer specifically to avoid…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Quality, Accountability, Guidelines
National Association of Charter School Authorizers, 2016
Since 2008, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) has annually surveyed our nation's authorizers. Survey findings provide an annual measuring stick for those in the field of authorizing, and they help education decision makers, foundations, legislators, and researchers inform their understanding of the field of charter…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Accountability, National Surveys, School Surveys
National Association of Charter School Authorizers, 2015
Charter school authorizing is a powerful strategy for making excellent public schools and educational opportunities available to all students. Done well, charter authorizing increases student achievement by expanding the supply of quality public schools to satisfy unmet needs--particularly by providing life-changing opportunities for students…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Standards, Institutional Autonomy, Quality Control
National Association of Charter School Authorizers, 2014
This report summarizes findings of a comprehensive national survey that covers authorizer adoption of Essential Practices, as well as important context about the evolution of the authorizing profession itself. There are some gratifying results, with near-unanimous adoption of such key practices as requiring financial audits of schools and…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Administration, School Surveys, National Surveys
National Association of Charter School Authorizers, 2014
Since 2008, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) has annually surveyed the nation's authorizers. Survey findings provide an annual measuring stick for those in the field of authorizing, and they help education decision makers, foundations, legislators, and researchers inform their understanding of the field of charter…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Accreditation (Institutions), Surveys, Decision Making
Ark, Tom Vander – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2013
It is time to rethink charter school authorization. There are approximately 5,000 charter schools in the United States (about 5 percent of schools) and a push from parents and the Department of Education for more. Given that many charters authorized during the initial wave of charter applications have not proven themselves to be any better than…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Innovation, Educational Change, Community Support
National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2012
Charter school authorizing is a powerful strategy for making excellent public schools and educational opportunities available to all students. Done well, charter authorizing increases student achievement by expanding the supply of quality public schools to satisfy unmet needs--particularly by providing life-changing opportunities for students…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Opportunities, Charter Schools, Guidance
Mead, Sara – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2012
Charter schools have moved from being widely viewed as a marginal force in public education reform to taking on a central role in our national, state, and local debates around improving education. And a growing number of policymakers--including superintendents, mayors, governors, and even U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan--are using…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Change, Public Education, School Administration
Conlan, Sean – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2012
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…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Administration, School Closing, School Surveys
National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2011
Authorizers are as varied as the schools they oversee. Some are responsible for just one charter, while others monitor hundreds of charters serving tens of thousands of students. Some are school districts, while others are independent statewide boards, universities, not-for-profits, or state education agencies. Regardless of their size and type,…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Accountability, Best Practices, Scoring
Wechtenhiser, Kim, Ed.; Wade, Andrew, Ed.; Lin, Margaret, Ed. – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2011
Closing a failing charter school is difficult, but it can be done. In fact, it has been done hundreds of times across the country. However, if you are on the staff or the board of a charter school authorizing agency that is facing a closure decision, the fact that other authorizers have closed schools may be of small comfort. You are facing a…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Closing, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education
Lin, Margaret – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2011
This Issue Brief, an update of "Authorizing Virtual Charter Schools: Rules of the Road on the Digital Highway" by Gregg Vanourek, is part of NACSA's Cyber series, which addresses issues in policy and practice that concern authorizing online schools and blended learning. It aims to improve authorizer understanding and oversight of online…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Assessment, Virtual Classrooms, Electronic Learning
Patrick, Susan; Vander Ark, Tom – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2011
During this decade, American education will shift from print to digital, from flat and sequential content to engaging and adaptive, and from batch processing to personalized learning. There will also be a slow enrollment shift from traditional district-operated schools to schools and programs operated by organizations authorized under contracts or…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Distance Education, State Programs
Vanourek, Greg – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2011
The Internet has had a profound effect on everyone's lives, work, politics, and commerce--and increasingly, on the schools. Virtual schools have arrived, creating new opportunities for students, and also a set of challenges to the notions about schooling and the policies that govern public education. The potential application of technology in…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Technology Uses in Education, Electronic Learning, Blended Learning
Rhim, Lauren Morando – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2009
"Replication" is the practice of a single charter school board or management organization opening several more schools that are each based on the same school model. The most rapid strategy to increase the number of new high-quality charter schools available to children is to encourage the replication of existing quality schools. This policy guide…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Best Practices, State Policy, Background
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