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Massachusetts Charter Schools

Accountability

Each school is assigned a liaison who is able to respond to inquiries regarding any aspect of charter school accountability.

For general questions and concerns about charter schools please contact charterschools@doe.mass.edu or call 781-338-3227 for assistance.


Annual Report Guidelines

A charter school's Annual Report must be submitted to the Office of Charter Schools and School Redesign at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) on or before August 1, as set forth in the charter school statute (MGL Chapter 71, Section 89(jj)) and regulations.

The Annual Report informs the public of the recently completed academic year as it relates to the school's accountability plan objectives, the school's academic performance, and evidence regarding the three areas guiding charter school (faithfulness to charter, academic program success, and organizational viability). The Annual Report is also used by the Department to review the school's performance and progress for the past academic year, to corroborate and augment upcoming scheduled site visits, and to serve as one of the primary pieces of evidence that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will review when it considers a school's application for charter renewal. The Annual Report Guidelines (found below) provide the required elements that must be included in each report.

The Annual Report Guidelines enable charter schools to meet statutory and regulatory requirements pertaining to Recruitment and Retention Plans. Please use the Recruitment and Retention Plan resources found on our Access and Equity website to complete this portion of the Annual Report. The resources are found at Access and Equity: Annual Report: Recruitment and Retention Plans.

Last Updated: November 17, 2022

 
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