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Charter School Renewals School Reform Commission Overview December 16, 2011. Five (5) Year Renewal. Five (5) Year Renewal with performance targets*. One (1) Year Renewal**. Non- Renewal. Charter Renewal Process: Pennsylvania Charter Law.

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Charter school renewals school reform commission overview december 16 2011

Charter School RenewalsSchool Reform Commission Overview

December 16, 2011


Charter school renewals school reform commission overview december 16 2011

Five (5) Year Renewal

Five (5) Year Renewal with performance targets*

One (1) Year Renewal**

Non- Renewal

Charter Renewal Process: Pennsylvania Charter Law

Pennsylvania Charter School Law directs local school boards to conduct reviews of charter schools prior to granting five-year renewals.

Renewal Review

Options

* Permitted for charter schools in Corrective Action; see Charter School Law, Section 17-1729A(6).

* *Permitted if additional academic data is required; see Charter School Law, Section 17-1720A(b)(1).


Charter school renewals school reform commission overview december 16 2011

Charter Renewal Process: 2011-2012 Renewal Timeline

12/15: District receives Renewal Site Visit Reports

12/16: Renewal Update

Renewal Kick-Off Meeting

12/20: SPI Scores distributed to Charter Schools

Appeal

SPI

1/11 : Charters provide feedback on SPI

Prep for Renewal Site Visits

Charter Schools Complete Application

1/18: Renewal Update

SchoolWorks Renewal Site Visits

2/15: Preliminary Rec. sent to SRC

2/15: Charter Schools receive a copy of the Renewal Report

2/24: Charters submit feedback on Renewal Report

11/15: Applications Due

CSO creates renewal reports/recommendations

CSO Reviews Applications

3/21: SRC Vote

Note: Charter School Modification deliverables align to the renewal tasks/deadlines.


Charter school renewals school reform commission overview december 16 2011

Charter Renewal Process: Role of the Charter School Office

  • Facilitate a renewal kick-off meeting to acquaint charter school leaders with the process.

  • Act as a team member on the quality school reviews visits conducted by SchoolWorks consultants.

  • Collect and review all data submitted with the renewal application.

  • Analyze all data inputs to form a renewal recommendation.

  • Prepare renewal report with final recommendations.

  • Submit report to Charter School Operators to solicit responses to the renewal report.

  • Present renewal report and the responses to the report to the SRC.

Data and materials collected/reviewed by renewal evaluation team.


Charter school renewals school reform commission overview december 16 2011

Charter Renewal Process: Comprehensive Framework

  • Staff conducts a comprehensive review of four domains.

  • Academic Performance:Analyze the charter school’s academic performance including the PSSA results, absolute and growth-based student performance measures.

  • Financial Health:Assess the fiscal stability and ongoing financial viability.

  • Governance/Compliance:  Examine the charter school’s adherence to statutory requirements and board governance.

  • 4. Customer Satisfaction:Measure the results of school surveys, parent complaint logs, teacher and student retention rates.


Charter renewal process comprehensive framework

Financial Health

Academic Performance

  • SDP Financial Audit

  • SDP Enrollment Audit

  • Independent Audits

  • Renewal Application

  • Annual Report

  • Renewal Site Visit

  • PSSA Results

  • PVAAS Data

  • PDE Assessment Reports

  • Renewal Application

  • Annual Report

  • Renewal Site Visit

Customer Satisfaction

Governance & Compliance

  • PDE Special Ed Audit

  • Renewal Site Visit

  • PDE Annual Report

  • Renewal Application

  • PDE Reports

  • SDP Survey Results

  • Student Retention Rates

  • Teacher Retention Rates

  • Complaint Logs

  • Renewal Application

Charter Renewal Process: Comprehensive Framework

Comprehensive Review: Four Domains


Charter school renewals school reform commission overview december 16 2011

Charter Renewal Process: Sample- Assessment Summary


Charter school renewals school reform commission overview december 16 2011

Charter School A: High-Level Summary- Sample


Charter school renewals school reform commission overview december 16 2011

Charter School C: High-Level Summary- Sample


Charter school renewals school reform commission overview december 16 2011

Charter Renewal Process: Sample of Staff Recommendations


Charter school renewals school reform commission overview december 16 2011

Charter Renewal Process: 2011-2012 Renewal Cohort

  • Twenty-five charter schools have charter agreements that are set to expire this year. The twenty-five charter schools are:

*Represents schools that have submitted a Letter of Intent to apply for an expansion.

** School that has submitted a letter of intent, but is not eligible to expand .


Charter school renewals school reform commission overview december 16 2011

Charter Modification : 2011-2012 Third Year of Charter Cohort

Nine charter schools are in the third year of the current charter term. Seven of the schools are eligible to apply for expansion.

*Represents schools that have submitted a Letter of Intent to apply for an expansion.

** School that has submitted a letter of intent, but is not eligible to expand .


Charter school renewals school reform commission overview december 16 2011

Financial Scenarios: 2011-2012 Renewal & Modification Cohort

Scenario One: The SRC does not act on the pending modification requests.

As a result of previous SRC actions, a number of charter schools eligible to apply for expansion (i.e., renewal schools and third year in the current charter term) have received conditional approval to increase student enrollment. The liability for this growth is captured in the body of this analysis. No further SRC action is assumed in this scenario.

DRAFT- PENDING APPROVAL FROM THE DISTRICT’S CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER


Charter school renewals school reform commission overview december 16 2011

Financial Scenarios: 2011-2012 Renewal & Modification Cohort

Scenario Two: SRC grants charter schools an expansion to enrollment and grade levels as a result of an SPI Charter-to-District ranking of 1 and 2.

This scenario assumes that the SRC grants each charter school with an SPI ranking of 1 and 2 its entire request. The analysis also includes the liability of growth granted on a conditional basis.

DRAFT- PENDING APPROVAL FROM THE DISTRICT’S CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER


Charter school renewals school reform commission overview december 16 2011

Financial Scenarios: 2011-2012 Renewal & Modification Cohort

Scenario Three: SRC approves all pending modification request.

This scenario assumes that the SRC grants all charter schools 100% of its modification request. The analysis also includes the liability of growth granted on a conditional basis.

DRAFT- PENDING APPROVAL FROM THE DISTRICT’S CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER


Charter school renewals school reform commission overview december 16 2011

Questions ?


Charter school renewals school reform commission overview december 16 2011

Charter Renewal Process: Application Focus

  • The School District of Philadelphia’s renewal application focuses on four

  • broad areas:

  • Academic Performance:Is the educational program a success?

  • Financial Health:Does the charter school have sufficient financial

  • resources to ensure stable educational programming?

  • Governance/Compliance:  Does the charter school comply with federal and state laws and regulations?

  • 4. Customer Satisfaction:Is the charter school meeting the needs of parents, teachers, and students?


Charter school renewals school reform commission overview december 16 2011

Charter Renewal Process: Criteria for Non-Renewal

  • One or more material violations of any of the conditions, standards or procedures contained in the written charter.

  • Failure to meet the requirements for student performance set forth in 22 Pa. Code Chapter 4 (replacing Chapter 5) or failure to meet any performance standard set forth in the written charter.

  • Failure to meet generally accepted standards of fiscal management

  • or audit requirements.

  • Violations of any provisions of the Charter School Law.

  • Violation of any provision of law from which the charter school has not been exempted, including Federal laws and regulations governing children with disabilities.

  • 6. The charter school has been convicted of fraud.


  • Charter school renewals school reform commission overview december 16 2011

    Charter Renewal Process: Quality School Reviews

    In the fall of 2009, the School District engaged School Works, an educational consulting firm with a national reputation for evaluating school performance, to develop and implement a site visit protocol for charter schools under renewal.

    The Renewal Site Visit (RSV) was designed to increase the transparency and consistency of the renewal process for charter schools authorized by the School District.

    The purpose of the RSV is to provide information to the School District on issues that may affect the renewal of a charter and to provide guidance to charters on how they may improve their performance over time.


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