Who oversees charter public schools?
Charter public schools have a system of oversight made up of many entities.
- Intentionally designed to ensure multiple layers of accountability work together to verify compliance with charter contract and applicable laws and regulations
- Made up of four primary entities – each with distinct and complementary oversight responsibilities, include the Charter School Commission, Charter Public School Board, State Auditor’s Office and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Charter public schools are given more autonomy but held to higher standards of accountability
How does the Commission provide oversight?
The Commission operates with the expectation that charter school accountability must be clear and transparent to both charter school operators and the public. To this end, all Commission authorized charter schools must sign a five-year contract that contains clear expectations regarding the school’s performance. The Commission utilizes a Performance Framework , which clearly states the expectations the Commission has for the charter school while balancing autonomy with increased accountability, to rate the charter school’s performance.
Charter schools are monitored for compliance regarding state and federal laws, the charter contract, and performance by the Commission, along with a variety of state agencies including the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and State Auditor’s Office. Annually, each school is provided a report that describes the school’s performance against the expectations laid out in the performance framework.
The Commission will formally visit all schools during their first year of operation. First Year Site Visits generally last between two and two-and-a-half-days and allows the Commission to hold charter schools externally accountable for their operations.