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November 9, 2010 PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
November 9, 2010

Contact: Vicky Waters, CCSA
(415) 505-7575
vwaters@calcharters.org

SACRAMENTO, California (November 9, 2010)

Today, the State Board of Education (SBE) voted in favor of approving new regulations that establish academic standards and lay out a clear process for triggering close reviews of charter schools that may result in their revocation by the State Board.

Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), released the following statement on the SBE's action.

"While great numbers of charter schools in California are generating outstanding results, it is also true that there are some schools that are underperforming. The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) supports a strong accountability system that ensures that all California charter schools meet minimum academic performance expectations. These new regulations are a step forward in identifying those schools that demonstrate sustained underperformance, and ensuring that schools have an opportunity to demonstrate whether they are adding significant value to the educational experience of the students they serve."

"For many years, local authorizers have been inconsistent in their evaluation of charter schools, which has left some lower performing charter schools without rigorous oversight or corrective intervention. Increased and responsible oversight by the State Board will send a strong message that the California charter school movement continues to lead the nation in embracing appropriate levels of academic accountability."

"This is a victory for charter schools and CCSA, as the SBE-approved regulations are very much in line with the accountability work the Association has been leading with our members for some time now. The SBE's common sense metric analyzes multiple years of data over a period of time, offering an early warning system that empowers charter schools to take corrective steps before any revocation procedure is considered."

Additional Information
The SBE's action will go to the Office of Administrative Law for official enactment in January.

The proposed regulations would evaluate all charter schools five years and older each year. A school that has had a statewide API rank of 1 for two consecutive years, and failed to gain 50 cumulative points on its API over the last three years, and is not classified as an ASAM school, would be identified by the SBE. Identified schools would then be evaluated further by the State Board of Education on additional data that could help demonstrate whether the school's program is adding significant value relative to the characteristics of the student population served. Upon this deeper analysis of the school's performance, the SBE could impose a wide range of interventions or corrective action up to and including revocation and closure of the charter school.

About the California Charter Schools Association

The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 912 charter public schools in the state of California. The Vision of the California Charter Schools Association is to usher in a new era in public education so all students attend independent, innovative, accountable schools of choice. The Mission of the California Charter Schools Association is to influence the legislative and policy environments, leverage collective advocacy, and provide resources to support our members in developing and operating high quality, charter schools reflective of California's student population. For more information, please visit www.calcharters.org.

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