Performance Framework

Performance Framework

The performance framework is the most important tool that the Commission and charter schools utilize as they collectively strive to create student-centered, academically rigorous, fiscally sound, and organizationally vibrant public charter schools. The purpose of the performance framework is to provide guidelines for charter school planning, implementation, self-evaluation, authorizer monitoring, and continuing improvement.

The Commission uses the framework as a tool to “ensure the highest standards of accountability and oversight” [RCW 28A.710.180 (1)] and engage in continuous learning and compliance conversations with charter schools. Charter schools view the framework as a critical self-evaluation tool for both continuous improvement and compliance.


Academic Framework

The Commission has finalized and adopted the Academic Performance Framework (APF). The APF is designed to allow the Commission to evaluate a charter school’s academic performance and answer the question “is the charter school’s academic program a success?” The Commission has worked with National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) and Public Impact in the development of the APF.

Below are links to the APF, the overview of the APF and the methodology document.


Previously adopted APF:


Financial Framework


Organizational Framework