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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 percent of Net School Spending (NSS), compared to 9 percent of NSS for the majority of 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 percent 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 2018-2019 charter application cycle and for purposes of determining NSS charter school caps for FY2020 (the 2019-2020 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.

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Lowest 10 percent district rankings to inform the awarding of charter school seats by the Board during 2018-2019 school year

2018 Lowest 10 Percent Ranking
- Published each spring
- 2 years of MCAS results
- List helps to identify districts where increases in charter school enrollment is possible

2019 Charter Decisions
- Board of Elementary and Secondary Education may grant new charters or expansions to existing charters in fall/winter of 2019 based on Commissioner recommendations.

2020 Charter School Enrollment
- Charter schools may enroll students for the 2019-2020 school year based on 2018 list.
- Enrollment decisions happen prior to publication of the next year's list.

This data will inform the Board's decisions for the awarding of new charters or expansion requests during the 2018-2019 cycle, as well as admissions decisions made by charter schools during the spring of 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year. The new rankings will not have any effect on seats available under the NSS caps for FY2019 (the 2018-2019 school year) because chartering and admissions decisions for FY2019 have already been made. Please note that the Department's projections for the number of Commonwealth charter seats that remain under the relevant NSS caps are located under the Charter Developer section of our website. 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: May 11, 2018
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