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Massachusetts Charter Schools

Districts Subject to Increases in the Charter School Cap

The Massachusetts charter school statute provides for a higher Commonwealth charter school cap in those school districts ranked in the lowest 10 percent of all statewide student performance scores. [MGL c.71, s.89(i)]. The cap on tuition for these districts will be 18% of Net School Spending (NSS), compared to 9% of NSS for all other districts. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (Board) amended the charter school regulations [603 CMR 1.04(9)] on September 22, 2015 to require that the lowest 10% district rankings be available at the start of the charter application cycle. This provides school districts and charter applicants the information they need to plan effectively.

The lowest 10 percent district rankings for use during the 2017-2018 charter application cycle and for purposes of determining NSS charter school caps for FY2019 (the 2018-2019 school year) are available below. In the tables contained within the files, the lowest 10 percent performing districts are listed above the black line. These calculations and rankings are designed specifically for compliance with these particular provisions of the charter school law, and they are not intended to be used for any other evaluative purpose. The lowest 10 percent district rankings are unrelated to the determination of a district's accountability and assistance level.

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Lowest 10% district rankings to inform the awarding of charter school seats by the Board during 2017-2018 school year

This lowest 10% list is based on spring 2015 MCAS/PARCC and spring 2016 MCAS/PARCC results and calculated using the 75 percent/25 percent achievement/growth weighting approved by the Board on June 24, 2014. The calculation incorporates MCAS and PARCC results as calculated by the Department through the use of an equipercentile approach and concordance tables Download MS WORD Document and reported in November 2015.

This data will inform the Board's decisions for the awarding of new charters or expansion requests during the 2017-2018 cycle, as well as admissions decisions made by charter schools during the spring of 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. The new rankings will not have any effect on seats available under the NSS caps for FY2018 (the 2017-2018 school year) because many chartering and admissions decisions for FY2018 have already been made. Please note that the Department anticipates posting projections for the number of Commonwealth charter seats that remain under the 9% and 18% NSS caps by early May 2017. Please contact the Office of Charter Schools and School Redesign for further information at 781-338-3227 or charterschools@doe.mass.edu.

Lowest 10% District Rankings from Prior Charter Application Cycles



Last Updated: April 12, 2017
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