NACSA’s Principles & Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing serves as a formative development guide for charter authorizers at all stages and levels of experience. For new or less-experienced authorizers, this guide offers a road map to guide planning and organizational development of strong practices, including the identification of areas where deeper guidance or additional assistance is needed. For experienced authorizers, this guide is a resource for identifying areas for improvement or refinement to achieve ever-stronger outcomes, as demonstrated by the quality of the schools they oversee.
These Principles & Standards are designed primarily for authorizing institutions, and provide practical guidance to help authorizer staff and authorizer board members carry out their work as a standards-based profession rather than simply a list of tasks. For policymakers, this publication should highlight the complexity and challenges of quality authorizing, and the need for state policy to contemplate and invest adequately in authorizing to achieve a quality charter school sector.
Core Performance Framework and Guidance
NACSA’s 12 Essential Practices for Every Authorizer
Replicating Quality: Policy Recommendations to Support the Replication and Growth of High-Performing Charter Schools and Networks