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Part 3: Plans for the Next Charter Term (Self-Study)

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 plethora of information provided in Part 2.

Plans for the Next Charter Term (Self-Study)

A. Performance Self Study/Analysis-Key Questions

Task 1: Discuss your school’s academic priorities over the next five years based on what you learned from your Self-Report about your students’ academic results from the past charter term. In your discussion include responses to the following: 

  • What main strategies will be implemented to address these priorities? (1-3 paragraphs)
  • What changes to the program will be made based on the analysis of the past four years? (1-3 paragraphs)
  • What data did you use to identify these priorities at your school? (1-3 paragraphs)

Task 2: Provide a timetable of strategic planning activities related to this charter renewal.

Task 3: List who was involved in the strategic planning process and their roles. Describe how you have engaged "community" within this process. Include a description of your community. (1 page)

Task 4: Describe the process you used for data analysis to set the academic priorities at your school.

    • Item 1: What main strategies will be implemented to address these priorities? (1-3 paragraphs)
    • What changes to the program will be made based on the analysis of the past four years? (1-3 paragraphs)

Task 5: Discuss how systems and structures plan to be modified in order to support student achievement (1-3 pages).

Reflect on the academic performance of the following subgroups:

    • Students with Disabilities - how do you plan to provide Special Education Services?
    • English Learners - how do you plan to provide English Learner programs and services?
    • Students who are Economically Disadvantaged
    • Any gaps in performance based on ethnicity
    • Any gaps in performance based on gender

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)

B: Mission-Specific Goals and Indicators

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 if approved. 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

Task 2: Provide a detailed rationale for the goals you will set.  Include data that you used to identify the need for setting this goal.  Include any applicable state standard set for your indicator. For example: if your goal is to improve graduation, provide the state graduation standard. (3 paragraphs)