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Massachusetts Charter Schools

Accountability

Charter School Performance Criteria v.3.3 (Revised June 2016)

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: faithfulness to charter, academic program success, and organizational viability.

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 the third revision (Version 3.0) after research and review of best practices from other high quality charter school authorizers. The Department has subsequently adjusted the Criteria annually based on the best practices, suggestions, or challenges that have arisen in the prior year.

There are ten (10) Criteria that define expected performance in the three guiding areas of charter school accountability: faithfulness to charter, academic program success, and organizational viability. The Department evaluates these criteria through the use of quantitative and/or qualitative data as well as 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.3.3 (Revised June 2016)


Last Updated: August 12, 2016
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