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Charter Schools Performance Framework

June 15, 2017

Yesterday, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the 2016 Charter Schools Performance Framework (CSPF) Reports for charter schools across Texas.  Provision for the frameworks is found in TEC §12.1181(a) which states, “The Commissioner shall develop and by rule adopt performance frameworks that establish standards by which to measure the performance of an open enrollment charter school.” The intended purpose of the Frameworks is to inform parents and the public of charter school performance and to inform charter renewal decisions made by the Commissioner.   TEA’s Charter Schools Performance Framework focuses on academic success, financial health and sustainability and operational compliance and effectiveness.

Academic Framework

The Academic Framework indicators are aligned to components of the 2016 Accountability Standards for Texas public schools and will change overtime to reflect changes made within the State’s academic accountability standards.  The 2016 academic indicators highlight district-level student performance on the STAAR Assessment as well as 4-Year and 5-Year longitudinal graduation rates.  The related data for all public charter schools, as well as traditional districts, can be found online in the Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR).  

The indicator targets found in the Academic Framework reflect the Index 1 and Index 4 targets within either the Standard or the Alternative Education Accountability (AEA) standards, based on the designation of the district and its student population.  The Index 1 Meet Standard targets are set at 60% and 35% for standard and alternative accountability districts respectively. Similarly, the 4-Year and 5-Year Extended Longitudinal Graduation Rate Meet Standard targets, which for AEA districts includes continuation and GED certification, are set at 60% and 45%.

Financial Framework

Indicators from the Financial Framework represent several of the indicators from Charter FIRST, which is the School FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) rating system for charter schools detailed in 19 TAC §109.1001. The indicators, that reflect the financial health and sustainability of the organization as well as the strength of the financial controls and management practices, may change over time to ensure continued alignment and to reflect any changes made within the Charter FIRST. 

The Financial Framework indicators found within the 2016 Charter Schools Performance Framework reflect performance on the 2016 Charter FIRST indicators. Information used to determine a school’s FIRST rating comes from the Annual Financial Report and audited financials for the prior fiscal year. Consequently, financial data used to determine performance ratings on the 2016 Charter Schools Financial Framework indicators listed below reflect the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

  • Timely Submission of Annual Financial Audit
  • Administrative Cost Ratio
  • Unmodified Opinions
  • Material Weakness in Internal Controls
  • Default on Debt
  • Total Variance
  • Material Non-Compliance

Operational Framework

The Operational Framework is an aggregation of compliance-related indicators that monitor program, governance, and reporting compliance.  These indicators include third-party and self-reported data as well as program monitoring data from TEA:

  • Teacher Qualifications
  • Special Education Program Requirements
  • BE/ESL Program Requirements
  • CTE Program Requirements
  • Governance Reporting
  • Training Requirements
  • Criminal Record Reporting Requirements
  • Community & Student Engagement
  • PEIMS Reporting
  • TREx Usage
  • Certificate of Occupancy Requirements
  • 501(c)(3) Status

For additional information, please contact Laura Kelly, Director of Quality Services or join us for our upcoming webinar on Tuesday, June 27th at 10 a.m.

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