CCSA Calls for Non-Renewal of 6 Chronically Underperforming Charter Schools

November 16, 2016

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Sacramento - Student learning is the single most important factor during charter public school renewal, and for parents and families deciding on the school that best meets the needs of their child. California's charter schools are an increasingly popular option for parents, not only for their flexibility, but also for their ability to meet the individual needs of students. However, when charter schools do not provide a high-quality education to their students, they should close. Today, the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) called for the non-renewal of six charter schools across the state.

We cannot have an honest conversation about the transformational role charters play without also emphasizing accountability - a key ingredient in the success of charter schools. As the membership and advocacy group that supports nearly 1,300 charter schools in California, CCSA has worked with its member schools over the past several years to establish an accountability framework and minimum criteria for charter renewal. This framework assesses a multi-year view of a school's performance using multiple student outcome measures. We start by using publicly available data, and we take into account students' demographics. We also work individually with charters below our minimum criteria and give them an opportunity to provide additional compelling evidence of growth in student achievement.

"Authorizers have a legal and moral responsibility to deny the renewal of chronically underperforming charter schools," said Jed Wallace, president and CEO, CCSA. "We strongly urge school boards across the state to do what is right for students. In this case that means denying the renewal of six charter schools that are not providing the high-quality education students deserve."

"There are many ways charter schools can demonstrate their ability to achieve successful growth in student outcomes," said Elizabeth Robitaille, SVP, Achievement and Performance Management, CCSA. "But a charter school needs to close when it fails to demonstrate - on a variety of public and school specific measures - that it is capable of helping students learn and achieve academic success. Charter schools need to live up to the promise of greater flexibility in exchange for greater accountability."

Closing a school is a last resort, but students and parents deserve the right to know how their schools are performing. CCSA is committed to working with closing schools to find new options that will better meet the individual needs of students and families.

The following schools fall below our minimum renewal criteria and perform far below average on several other academic performance measures.

2016-17 Charter Public Schools Below CCSA's Minimum Criteria for Renewal
Charter Schools Renewing in 2016-17
School NameAuthorizerCounty
Academy of Science & EngineeringLos Angeles Unified School DistrictLos Angeles
Butterfield Charter High SchoolPorterville Unified School DistrictTulare
Green Valley Charter SchoolLos Banos Unified School DistrictMerced
North County Trade Tech High SchoolVista Unified School District San Diego
Schaefer Charter SchoolPiner-Olivet Union Elementary School District Sonoma
West Sacramento Early College Prep Charter SchoolWashington Unified School DistrictYolo

CCSA's Accountability Framework
To qualify for CCSA renewal support in 2016-17, a school needed to meet one of the four criteria outlined below. Charters meeting ANY initial filter OR showing academic success through the Multiple Measure Review met the academic threshold to receive CCSA's full advocacy support for renewal or replication. The schools included in the table above did not meet any of the initial criteria and the Multiple Measure Review did not yield evidence of student outcome success and growth in achievement beyond that which is seen at other schools.

CCSA's Minimum Academic Criteria for Renewing and Replicating Schools, 2016-17
1) Status measure: Above 40th percentile on SBAC

  • Additionally, schools performing in the bottom 5th percentile 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

2) Growth/ Postsecondary readiness

  • Elementary/middle schools: Growth over time on SBAC An increase on the Average Point Difference (APD) measured by at least 15 scale score points (2015-2016)
  • High schools: 75% or more of 12th grade graduates completing all "a-g" requirements

3) Similar Students: "Within or above predicted" on either of the last two years on CCSA's Similar Students Measure (measures how schools are performing with similar students across the state)

Multiple Measure Review
4) 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 ASAM/Alternative, less than four years old, or has less than 30 valid test takers.

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