Charter Renewal Benchmarks
The Renewal Benchmarks serve two functions: (1) they provide a framework around which to gather evidence regarding the school's progress and (2) they provide the school with a guide to what the Evaluation Committee is looking for. By giving details to a school, a school has a better sense of what is expected when it comes to renewal. Therefore, as the Renewal Benchmarks (or some sub-set of them) are used during the evaluation visits, no school should be surprised by their content.
The Evaluation Committee uses the Renewal Benchmarks as follows:(14)
- The Evaluation Committee does not have a point system for determining whether a school will be renewed. In other words, a school cannot simply tally up the number of benchmarks it meets to determine whether it will be renewed. The use of a tally does not work because some benchmarks count more than others. In particular, the Evaluation Committee gives the greatest weight to the level of student achievement, and in particular the level of growth exhibited by the students and to how well the school has met its academic Accountability Plan measures.
- The Evaluation Committee does not use every benchmark during every kind of renewal review. How the benchmarks are used differs depending on a school’s circumstances. Some benchmarks are given far less weight when a school that has been renewed one or more times previously.
- With the exception of the student academic success and Accountability Plan Goals, no school should fear that a failure to meet every benchmark means that the school is not in a position to make a case for renewal. While there are high expectations for all schools, it is understood that all school’s will not reach the highest level on all benchmarks.