CCSA's Commitment to Accountability for Charter Schools

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January 3, 2013 CCSA's President and CEO Jed Wallace's recent op-ed in EdSource reaffirmed CCSA's strong stance to ensure that collectively charter authorizers, government officials, policymakers, parents and charter school leaders hold all charter schools in California to a high accountability standard. CCSA also supports the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA)'s newly launched One Million Lives campaign that aims to provide better schools to one million children by focusing on opening more good charter schools and closing failing ones.

Last year, for the first time, CCSA publicly called for the non-renewal of 10 chronically underperforming charter schools. The CCSA Accountability Framework guides CCSA's efforts to raise accountability standards in a way that values academic rigor while also giving schools credit for growth and for taking on the challenge of serving traditionally disadvantaged students well. CCSA's key component is the Similar Students Measure, which looks at how schools perform compared to schools serving similar student populations across the state, as a way to hone in on the value added by schools.

"We have seen the power of great charter schools to transform the lives of children. But too many students are still not receiving the education they deserve. We did not start this movement to create more underperforming schools. For charters to succeed in improving public education, accountability must go from rhetoric to reality," wrote Wallace.