Public Call for Non-Renewal

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Since 2009, CCSA has worked closely with its members, researchers, policy advocates and key stakeholders to establish an accountability framework that guides our advocacy efforts for renewing and replicating schools. CCSA has led the way for increased accountability by raising standards that value academic rigor, while giving schools credit for growth and taking on the challenge of serving traditionally disadvantaged students.

In our commitment to help ensure charter schools are a high-quality school choice option for students and families, we created an accountability framework and minimum criteria for charter school renewal. As charter schools come up for renewal every five years, this framework allows us to support high-performing schools and advocate for the non-renewal of chronically underperforming schools that do not deliver for students.

We applaud the many charter schools that are among the highest-performing schools in the state. However, we believe that a small number of chronically underperforming charter schools threatens the overall success of the broader charter school movement. CCSA publicly called for the nonrenewal of charter schools that were not meeting our minimum criteria for renewal for the first time in 2011.

Public Call for Non-Renewal 2015

In November 2015, CCSA called for the non-renewal of two (2) California charter public schools that are below CCSA's Minimum Criteria for Renewal. The following charter schools are among the lowest performing schools in the state, have not demonstrated substantial growth over time, and have consistently ranked near the bottom of state and local measures of academic performance.

  1. Oasis Charter Public School (Monterey County)
  2. Century Academy for Excellence (Los Angeles County)

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CCSA's Accountability Framework

CCSA developed its Accountability Framework in 2009, working closely with technical experts and CCSA's Member Council, comprised of charter public school leaders from every region of the state. This framework is a multi-dimensional model that values academic rigor while also giving schools credit for growth and for taking on the challenge of serving traditionally disadvantaged students well. It provides the basis for CCSA's Minimum Criteria for Renewal, a minimum performance standard that CCSA developed and uses as part of its advocacy efforts for charter schools seeking a renewal of their petition.

Under California law, charter school petitions are authorized for up to a five-year term, and may be renewed by the authorizer for additional five-year terms. To inform schools, authorizers and the public on school performance, CCSA publishes Academic Accountability Report Cards every fall that show the results of each charter school on the Accountability Framework and CCSA's Minimum Criteria for Renewal. CCSA encourages authorizers to use this data in making their decision about whether to renew a school's charter.

CCSA's 2015-16 Minimum Criteria for Renewal

To qualify for renewal support in 2015-16, a school must meet one of the four criteria outlined below.

State Test Scores (Proficiency, Growth over Time, or Demographic Comparison):

1) A 2013 API score of 749 or higher, or
2) 50 points of cumulative API growth (2010-2013), or
3) Similar Student Measure showing the school is performing "within" or "above" its predicted API score in either 2011-12 or 2012-13 (based on how all other schools serving similar demographics of students performed), or

Multiple Measure Review:

4) If a school does not meet ONE of the three criteria above, CCSA offers a review of multiple measures aligned to California's eight state priorities as described in the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The standard for this review is to identify substantially compelling evidence of student outcome success and growth in achievement beyond that which is seen at other schools. This is also an opportunity for the school to be able to tell its own data story of success in achieving strong student outcomes, choosing the measures it feels are most closely aligned to its mission and are most indicative of the school's success.

CCSA's Public Call for Non-Renewal by Year

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