CSDC strongly recommends that charter schools get informed and plan ahead to demonstrate success given a tough new political reality in California. Complex post-AB1505 charter renewal criteria exposes charter schools to new risk, especially those serving students with greater challenges. Even those schools with strong performance data should get informed to optimize the charter renewal process. School leaders should understand the new criteria, both Dashboard- and non-Dashboard based components, preferably a few years in advance so there is ample time to prepare. Many school leaders may not yet be aware of straightforward ways to help their renewal prospects.
To support charter school teams with California’s new charter renewal and accountability systems, CSDC is offering a series of webinars on the following topics:
Join us for any of these members-only accountability training opportunities in Spring 2021.
This webinar aims to provide a brief update of the new Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) template and practical guidance on completing the LCAP. The session will identify evolving components of the LCAP since the 2019 template.
CSDC recommends this training to refresh on important points about the LCAP. For those newer to the LCAP, CSDC recommends reviewing the CDE’s new webinars as an introduction to key LCAP components.
In November, the State Board of Education identified the list of assessments that can count as “verified data” for purposes of charter renewal on Track 2 (recommended) and Track 3 (required). For schools considered under Track 2 standards, authorizers are required to consider data that meets the criteria as “verified data.” For schools considered under Track 3 standards, authorizers cannot renew schools without “verified data.”
CSDC is coordinating this panel to support those charter schools looking to choose an assessment on the state’s list. Panelists will share discussion on the benefits and challenges of various assessments. To view the list of assessments, see CSDC’s Guide to AB 1505 Charter Renewal. Sign-up for one or both sessions.
With strategic planning several years in advance of renewal, more charter schools may be able to achieve the highly desirable Track 1, and most should be able to avoid Track 3. This training aims to support participants to identify strategic areas of focus, specific to their schools, to improve track placement. For each participant registered by March 17, CSDC will provide a worksheet with historical data for their charter school to facilitate analysis. As participants study their schools’ historical data, the webinar will:
* Charter schools are subject to “track placement” if the school has two or more Dashboard student groups that historically perform below the state average for “All Students” (Students with Disabilities, English Learners, Socioeconomically Disadvantaged, etc.). This session does not apply to schools that do not meet those criteria or to Dashboard Alternative Status Schools.
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