Public Call for Non-Renewal

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CCSA's Accountability Framework and Minimum Criteria for Renewal guides our advocacy efforts for renewing and replicating schools. As charter schools come up for renewal every five years, this framework allows us to support high-performing schools and advocate for the non-renewal of chronically underperforming schools that do not deliver academic results for students.

We applaud the many charter schools that are among the highest-performing schools in the state. However, we believe that a small number of chronically underperforming charter schools threatens the overall success of the broader charter school movement. CCSA publicly called for the nonrenewal of charter schools that were not meeting our minimum criteria for renewal for the first time in 2011.

CCSA's Public Call for Non-Renewal by Year

CCSA's Accountability Framework

CCSA developed its Accountability Framework in 2009, working closely with technical experts and CCSA's Member Council, comprised of charter public school leaders from every region of the state. This framework is a multi-dimensional model that values academic rigor while also giving schools credit for growth and for taking on the challenge of serving traditionally disadvantaged students well. It provides the basis for CCSA's Minimum Criteria for Renewal, a minimum performance standard that CCSA developed and uses as part of its advocacy efforts for charter schools seeking a renewal of their petition.

Under California law, charter school petitions are authorized for up to a five-year term, and may be renewed by the authorizer for additional five-year terms. To inform schools, authorizers and the public on school performance, CCSA publishes Academic Accountability Reports annually that show the results of each charter school on the Accountability Framework and CCSA's Minimum Criteria for Renewal. CCSA encourages authorizers to use this data in making their decision about whether to renew a school's charter.

CCSA's Minimum Academic Criteria for Renewing and Replicating Schools in 2018 and beyond

Charters meeting ANY initial filter OR showing academic success through the Multiple Measure Review meet the academic threshold to receive CCSA's full advocacy support for renewal or replication. CCSA opposes renewal and replication for schools below ALL initial filters AND that do not demonstrate academic success through the Multiple Measure Review.

1) Status measure

  • Schools must have a State Rank of 4 or above in 2 of 3 years.
  • Additionally, schools performing in the bottom 5th percentile in 2 of 3 years need to participate in CCSA's Multiple Measure Review before receiving CCSA's advocacy support for renewal or replication.
  • CCSA uses a weighted average of SBAC scale scores measuring how far the average student is above/below the "Met" standard and ranked 0-100th percentile statewide. (This is called the "Distance From Standard" or "DFS")

2) Growth/ Postsecondary readiness

  • Elementary/middle schools: Growth over time on SBAC:
  • An increase on the Distance From Standard "DFS" measure by at least 12 scale score points on CAASPP between 2015-16 and 2017-18 (The 75th percentile of growth statewide.)
  • High schools: 75% or more of 12th grade graduates completing all "a-g" requirements in 2 of 3 years.

3) Similar Students:

  • A Similar Students Rank of 4 or above in 2 of 3 years. This measures how schools are performing with similar students across the state.

Multiple Measure Review
Schools below ALL the initial filters or in the bottom 5% statewide on SBAC can share outcomes aligned to California's 8 state priorities as described in the school's Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Schools can tell their own story of success by choosing measures most closely aligned to their mission.

CCSA's Minimum Academic Accountability Criteria would not apply if a school is designated as DASS (Alternative), less than four years old, or has less than 30 valid test takers.

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