October 26, 2011:
For Immediate Release
Contact: Vicky Waters, CCSA
Today, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) presented the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) with the Award for Excellence in Advancing Knowledge during the 2011 NACSA Annual Leadership Conference in Amelia Island, FL. Myrna Castrejón, Senior Vice President, Achievement and Performance Management, received the award on behalf of the Association.
Jed Wallace, president and CEO of CCSA, released the following statement:
"We are honored to receive this distinguished recognition from the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) for our Portrait of the Movement report. It validates CCSA's commitment toward increasing accountability in California's charter schools, and ensuring that all students are receiving the quality education they deserve, and need, in today's competitive world."
"The Portrait of the Movement report plays an important role in advancing knowledge about the state's charter schools, as the report features movement-wide analyses to aid efforts to assess, monitor and improve the academic performance of charter schools."
"The California Charter Schools Association aims to remain the preeminent source for California charter school performance data in order to inform strategic school support and advocacy at the state and local levels and will continue to publish an annual Portrait of the Movement."
Read NACSA's Press Release here.
Last February, CCSA released the first annual Portrait of the Movement report, which is a comprehensive assessment of charter school performance in California. The report introduced a performance framework for charter public schools, streamlining and improving upon the existing assessment system in order to strengthen academic accountability for underperforming charters. The framework is a tool for schools to reflect upon their own performance.
NACSA's annual Award for Excellence in Advancing Knowledge recognizes the authors of a scholarly report that thoughtfully examines critical issues within the charter sector. Last year's winner was the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools for How State Charter Laws Rank Against The New Model Public Charter School Law.
About the California Charter Schools Association
The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 912 charter public schools and more than 365,000 students 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.