Operational Accountability

The State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia (SCSC) is required by law to annually monitor and review state charter schools and hold them accountable for their performance.  State charter schools operate as independent LEAs (Local Education Agencies) and, as a result, they are responsible for performing all the functions of traditional school districts.

Relevant Guidance

To ensure state charter schools understand their statutory obligations, the SCSC compiles and updates guidance materials on topics including but not limited to: legal obligations of a state charter school, state charter school reporting requirementswebsite requirements, FERPA, and governing board training obligations,  

SCSC Monitoring

SCSC monitoring aims to ensure that state charter schools adhere to the obligations of their charter contracts and applicable law while also acting as a faithful fiduciary of taxpayer funding.  Moreover, SCSC monitoring helps promote high-quality charter schools by identifying concerns and incentivizing schools to timely correct noncompliance.  The FY17 Monitoring Handbook provides an in-depth review of what to expect during monitoring. 

SCSC monitoring primarily focuses on the organizational performance of state charter schools.  Accordingly, the SCSC monitoring activities closely align with the Organizational Indicators and Measures of the Comprehensive Performance Framework (CPF).  This alignment promotes transparency and provides schools with an understanding of SCSC expectations.  Further, the results of SCSC monitoring activities are reflected on the operational portion of the CPF.  If a school receives a finding as a result of SCSC monitoring, the SCSC will deduct points from the correlating measure of operational compliance on the CPF.  Schools are expected to correct any noted noncompliance in a timely manner, and any failure to do so will be reflected on the CPF and may necessitate additional actions under the school's charter contract.  

The SCSC monitors schools using a variety of methods, including:

  • Unannounced site visits.
  • Unannounced attendance at governing board meetings.
  • Website reviews.
  • Policy and documentation reviews.
  • Review of complaints expressed to the SCSC.
  • Monitoring of other agencies.
  • Independent Audit review.

SCSC monitoring occurs annually for every school throughout the year.  All schools will receive an unannounced site visit, generally October – January.  The chart below provides a brief overview of the on-site monitoring process and timeline. 

On-Site Monitoring Process and Timeline

Pre-Monitoring Webinar

September

Collection of Documentation

2-4 weeks prior to monitoring visit

Monitoring Visits

October - January

Monitoring Review Letter

2-4 weeks following monitoring visit

Corrective Action Plans submitted (if applicable)

Within 30 days of the Monitoring Review letter

The SCSC has created guidance to provide schools an in-depth summary of what to expect from SCSC performance reviews (both annual performance reviews and five-year comprehensive preformance reviews).