Posted on March 15, 2019
- What is your school’s current enrollment of:
- English language learners and former English language learners;
- Students with disabilities; and
- Students who are economically disadvantaged?
- How many students returned to your school this year?
- How do your subgroup enrollment and retention rates compare to your prior rates and to district or city rates?
Posted on January 2, 2019
Join us as we hear from schools recently renewed for a full five-year term. We’re hosting an evening event at Bronx Academy of Promise Charter School on January 29. Join us for dinner with a panel discussion between the leaders of Bronx Academy of Promise Charter School, Northside Charter High School, and Beginning with Children Charter School II.
Posted on December 14, 2018
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Posted on January 14, 2018
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Posted on January 5, 2018
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Posted on March 13, 2017
Renewal decision trends from January through March from all New York State charter school authorizers have been similar. Schools that come close to matching the three subgroup populations of the local district, and have higher achievement outcomes, are typically awarded the longest renewal terms. Although it is important to consider other factors such as organizational and financial viability, little we have seen so far in 2017 stacks up to those aforementioned areas.
With another group of recommendations expected in April 2017, we expect that these will mirror the trend set so far. The table below reflects all of the 26 renewal decisions to date, with four 2-year terms, five three-year terms, 17 5-year terms, and one non-renewal.
Posted on March 13, 2017
- Who do you serve?
- Where do you stand?
- What are you working on?
Question: Who do you serve?
Sample Answer: For fifteen years since our inception, our school has served a student population that is 75% African-American and the balance Hispanic. This composition reflects the neighborhoods we typically draw from. Our enrollment has a higher percentage of economically disadvantaged students than our local district, but we lag slightly behind in students with disabilities and substantially behind the district in English language learners.
Question: Where do you stand?
Sample Answer: Our performance on state exams has historically been higher than our local district but we are still a long way from the state average. We feel our leadership is quite strong but we suffer from one of the highest teacher turnover rates in the sector. This is largely due to limits in compensation packages caused mainly by our private facility costs.
Question: What are you working on?
Posted on January 28, 2016
Announcing Academic Oversight for Charter School Boards, a free workshop for charter school board members on March 8, in New York City
Update: the workshop has reached capacity and the RSVP list is now closed. If you would like to receive updates about future workshops, please sign up for our monthly email updates.
- Provide detailed academic analysis during authorizer renewal visit interviews
- Engage in meaningful discussion about academics with a school’s leadership team
- Improve renewal candidacy through oversight of academic programming
Posted on August 13, 2015
As charter school consultants, we have worked on over 50 renewal applications. We receive many requests for a simple yet effective plan to prepare charter schools for renewal. In response, we have put together this 3 minute webinar to assist in today’s renewal environment. Over time, we have developed a five step method that is structured to help schools improve their candidacy for renewal. This webinar will help charter school boards and leadership teams in the planning and execution of a high quality renewal application.
Posted on June 18, 2015
Spring 2015 brought another batch of schools up for renewal before the New York State Education Department Board of Regents. Between February and June 2015, 28 schools were renewed. Within this group, 14 received short-term renewals and 14 received full-term renewals. Check the NYSED summary of Regents Action Taken for the full breakdown of these decisions.