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Part 3: Plans for the Next Charter Term (Strategic Plan)

Part 3 Instructions

Looking Forward: Vision for the next five years.

The following questions are to help you reflect on the whole of your school as you review the information provided in Part 2.

Plans for the Next Charter Term (Strategic Plan)

A. Strategic Priorities

Task 1: List who was involved in the strategic planning process and their roles.  Including a timetable, planning activities and who was involved. Describe how you have engaged “community” within this process.  Include a description of community participation and input. 

Task 2: Include the data analysis the school used to set your strategic priorities. How did you use the data to prioritize?

Task 3: Discuss your school’s academic priorities over the next five years (1-3 pages)

Task 4: Academic Data Table 

  • Fill out the data table, providing school-wide performance targets.
  • From State Statute:  B.  Annual performance targets shall be set by each chartering authority in consultation with its charter schools and shall be designed to help each charter school meet applicable federal, state and chartering authority expectations as set forth in the charter contracts to which the authority is a party

Task 5: Describe your plan to respond to Martinez/Yazzie

Reflect on the gap in academic performance between all students in your school to each subgroup:

  • Native American Students
  • Hispanic Students
  • Black Students
  • Students with Disabilities
  • English Learners
  • Students who are Economically Disadvantaged

Task 6: Martinez/Yazzie

Complete the Annual Performance Targets table for each subgroup in each content area (Reading, Math, Science).

B: Student Academic Performance Targets and Mission-Specific Goals

The Amended Charter School Act requires schools to identify two mission-specific indicators/goals in the renewal application that set targets for the implementation of the school mission. Mission-specific indicators/goals MUST BE provided within this section of the renewal application. If the renewal application is approved, these indicators/goals will be used as the “first draft” of indicators during the negotiations with the Authorizer.

For the purposes of this renewal application, the indicators/goals will show the capacity of the applicant to identify appropriate indicators/goals aligned with the mission of the school moving forward. During the later contracting process after approval, the indicators/goals which are finally negotiated and put into the Performance Framework allow the school to demonstrate its achievements related to the school mission. The Performance Framework is assessed on an annual basis and may be revised yearly. Please note: renewing schools are encouraged to use their history of performance, including baseline data if available when developing the two mission-specific indicators/goals and metrics.

Mission-specific goals and indicators put into the application should:
  1. Demonstrate the school’s ability to implement the school’s mission;
  2. Be in the format set forth below, which is a SMART goal format (specific, measurable, attainable, rigorous, and time-bound—see below); and finally,
  3. Include metrics and measures using the following criteria: “Meets standards,” “Working to meet standards,” and “Does not meet standards.”

For instance, if a school’s mission focuses on language acquisition, then a school may choose a mission-specific indicator/goal which measures student progress and performance in this special area. These indicators/goals are monitored on an annual basis and then potentially revised yearly. If you define a cohort of students (i.e. 11th-grade students have attended the school for at least two semesters), you must identify how many students are in the cohort.

What to include in the application

You will be asked to provide at least two mission-specific goals/indicators. And to provide a detailed rationale for the indicators you have chosen. Include the following key elements:

  1. First, ensure the annual goals/indicators provided show the implementation of the school’s mission.
  2. Second, for each indicator provided, use the SMART criteria (specific, measurable, attainable, rigorous, and time-bound—see glossary). Your indicators should include all of these key SMART elements and be clear, comprehensive, and cohesive.
  3. Third, include measures and metrics in your mission-specific goals/indicators. Specifically, determine what percentage constitutes “meets standards,” what falls under “working to meet standards” and what it means for “does not meet standards.”

Task 1: Provide at least two (2) mission-specific goals and indicators in the space below. (1-2 pages per goal). For each goal include indicators that will be measured and monitored, related to this goal:

  1. Student academic performance standard(s) being addressed
  2. Standardized short-cycle assessment or standards-based instrument used to identify performance levels and proficiency of students

Question 1: How will your governing body be involved in monitoring academic performance and strategic planning, for the next five years? (1-3 paragraphs) 

Question 2: How does your school enhance the APS School of Choice Portfolio? (1-3 Paragraphs)

Task 2: Provide Contact Information for Students (20), Families (20) and Community Members (10)

In an effort to incorporate student voice, family voice and community voice in the Charter Renewal process, we are requesting that you populate a Google Sheet with the contact information. Note: It is not intended that the family members match up with the students on your student list. These will be unique lists.

We will use each list to reach out to student, families, and community members provided, allowing them to give us feedback about your school.  We hope to have a diverse group of individuals whom we can collect feedback.  If you have any questions about this process, please contact the charter school team.

The Student, Family, Community Voice Google Form can be accessed at:

Please complete each sheet with the necessary contact information. Schools are encouraged to submit these lists early in the September timeframe. If you are unable to complete this early, you can submit with your Renewal Application.

The Charter School team will be asking these contacts to send us short videos reacting the following prompts:

  • What wow’s you about this charter school?
  • What do you wonder about this charter school?
  • Share any personal stories of your experience with this charter school.