Charter Schools: New Jersey Gains Point to Need for Strong Chartering Process

On Tuesday, the Stanford University Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) released a report showing that public charter schools in New Jersey significantly outperformed other public schools in the state, particularly at the middle grades.

One day later, the National Alliance of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) launched a campaign, called One Million Lives, designed to improve charter school authorizing practices and, more specifically, to close low performing charter schools and streamline the growth of high performing charter schools.

The two announcements are related: New Jersey is a state that uses a high bar in deciding which charter schools should grow – and one that closes low performing charter schools.  That is, it is an authorizer that employs the practices that NACSA espouses.

We are hopeful that more authorizers will follow suit and realize the real innovation of the charter movement:  the chartering process.  A well run chartering process is a continuous improvement strategy that evaluates school performance, closes low performing schools, and replaces them with high performing or high potential alternatives.

 Read more from Joe on charter school authorization.