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Rausch, M. Karega; Conlan, Sean; Tracewski, Sherry – National Association of Charter School Authorizers, 2017
Improving the quality of charter school authorizing is critical for improving the quality of charter schools and the outcomes experienced by students and communities. As every charter school has an authorizer, improvement in authorizing has the power to be among the most significant catalysts in creating many more high-quality schools and closing…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Governance, Educational Administration, Institutional Evaluation
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
Griffin, Jim – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2013
"Viewpoint" is a series of articles written by leaders in charter school authorizing and the education reform movement. The series is meant to foster thoughtful discussion and idea exchange on current topics and emerging trends in the sector. This paper examines the various policy and implementation levers available to inject affirmative…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Administration, Educational Change
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
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
National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2011
This document contains key questions to consider when evaluating virtual charter school proposals.The insert is designed to help authorizers evaluate school quality and capacity in light of the distinctive attributes of virtual schooling. These questions address major functional areas as well essential questions that authorizers should ask of…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Proposal Writing, Governance, Students
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
O'Neill, Paul – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2010
One of the most important and high-profile issues in public education reform today is the replication of successful public charter school programs. With more than 5,000 failing public schools in the United States, there is a tremendous need for strong alternatives for parents and students. Replicating successful charter school models is an…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Development, Public Education, Guides
Cornell-Feist, Marci – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2007
It is the board that selects, supports, and terminates when necessary, the school leader. It is the board that ensures that the school is operationally and financially viable. It is the board that partners with the school leader to define academic excellence and then holds the bar high insisting that the school delivers. An authorizer's success in…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Administration, Governing Boards, Administrator Evaluation
Kindler, David T., Ed. – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2007
State and district school leaders across the U.S. have long sought ways to create success for children attending schools where too many have failed for far too long. A new approach to solving this old problem is called "starting fresh." By beginning anew with the freedom to do things vastly different, a real opportunity is created to…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Restructuring, Governance, Instructional Leadership
Cornell-Feist, Marci – National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NJ1), 2005
Researcher Gary Gruber has stated, "No other singular variable is more important for the health and vitality of a school than the way that it is governed. Teacher competencies, student achievement, parental and community support, adequate facilities and resources are all critical and essential for success. Governance will determine how those…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Governance, Teacher Competencies, Educational Administration