National group says Metro Schools has the strongest charter authorization processes in the state
Every year, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) examines how well charter school authorizers implement twelve essential best practices for determining which charter schools are allowed to open and which ones are not. NACSA's 12 Essential Practices give guidance on how district's should manage charter school applications. NACSA considers these practices a foundation that paves the way for great educational options for communities.
This year, NACSA reported that Metro Schools scored 11 of 12 points on their Index of Essential Practices, an accomplishment that shows Metro Schools has one of the strongest charter school authorizing processes in the state.
Here's a breakdown of our score, as well as how we compare to other authorizers in Tennessee, below:
2015 Index of Essential Practices by Authorizer Scores
|Authorizing Office||Index Score||Application Timeline||Application Criteria||Interview|
|Tennessee Achievement School District||10||Y||Y||Y|
|Shelby County Schools||8||Y||Y||N|
|Authorizing Office||Index Score||Expert Panel||Contract||Five Year Term||Financial Audit|
|Tennessee Achievement School District||10||Y||Y||N||Y|
|Shelby County Schools||8||Y||Y||N||N|
|Authorizing Office||Index Score||Revocation Criteria||Renewal Criteria||Annual Report||Staff||Mission|
|Tennessee Achievement School District||10||Y||N||Y||Y||Y|
|Shelby County Schools||8||N||Y||Y||Y||N|
For more information, visit the National Association of Charter School Authorizers website.