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Massachusetts Charter Schools

Accountability

Charter School Performance Criteria v.3.2 (Revised July 2015)

The Charter School Performance Criteria (Criteria) are presented in the three guiding areas of charter school accountability defined in the current regulations, 603 CMR 1.00: academic program success, organizational viability, and faithfulness to charter.

The purposes of the Criteria are to:

  • Articulate the expectations for all aspects of charter school accountability, from the application process to the renewal process;
  • Provide charter schools with clear guidance about how the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (Board), the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department), and the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education (Commissioner) define charter school success and on what basis charter schools will be evaluated; and
  • Clarify the connections between Massachusetts charter school accountability and state and federal accountability standards.

The Criteria were first developed in 2005 and were subsequently revised in 2010. The Department developed a third revision, version 3.0 (v.3.0), in 2013 after research and review of the best of what is available for high quality charter school authorizing nationally. The Department has subsequently adjusted the Criteria (version 3.1 in 2014 and version 3.2 in 2015) based on the best practices, suggestions and challenges that arose during implementation of prior versions. There are ten (10) Criteria that frame the Department's evaluation of the performance in the three guiding areas of charter school accountability. The Department will evaluate these criteria through the use of quantitative and/or qualitative data and affirmative evidence presented by the school, compiled over the course of the school's charter term.

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Charter School Performance Criteria v.3.2 (Revised July 2015)


Last Updated: April 13, 2016
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