NEWS RELEASES 2014-15

NEWS RELEASES 2014-15 :: JUNE 12, 2015

NCDPI RELEASES NORTH CAROLINA CHARTER SCHOOL PERFORMANCE FRAMEWORK

North Carolinians can now review charter school performance in key areas of academics, finance and operations by visiting the following web link: ocs.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/2015+NC+Charter+School+Performance+Framework. This is the first time that information about financial and operational expectations for each charter school has been provided in a comprehensive way.

The November 2014 State Board of Education (SBE) Strategic Plan directed the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) to establish a Performance Framework for all charter schools to provide more information about the schools’ overall health. The NC School Report Cards already include information on charter schools and other public schools, but the Charter Framework includes operational details specific to charter schools.

State Board of Education Chair Bill Cobey said “Charter Schools are an integral part of the State Board’s duties within public education. We want the highest quality charter schools possible and believe the Charter School Performance Framework will help create necessary conversations to increase that quality.”

The 2014-15 school year will serve as the baseline year for NCDPI to collect and analyze charter-specific data. The initial Framework results will not be used for any type of high stakes decisions such as charter renewals or revocations.

The NC Charter School Performance Framework was created with research from states with existing charter schools and stakeholder feedback collected through regional meetings, webinars, and presentations. The Academic Performance Framework is based on the 2013-14 data results from the School Performance Grade, school performance, and growth. The Financial and Operational Performance Frameworks are based on the most recent and current information at each school. Charter Schools were given opportunities to provide up-to-date information for these Frameworks, before the June 12 release.

The 2015 NC Charter School Performance Framework should be considered as a tool to track growth and improvement over time. The Frameworks provide relevant and transparent information to the nonprofit board, school staff and leadership, parents, policymakers, and the general public.

There are currently 146 public charter schools open in North Carolina. Of the 24 charter schools that opened in August 2014, 22 are still operating. These 22 charter schools have a Financial and Operational Framework and no Academic Framework, as these schools have not completed end of the year academic testing and do not have academic results.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.