SCSC Comprehensive Performance Framework
The SCSC's official accountability tool is the Comprehensive Performance Framework (CPF) which assesses school performance in three critical areas:
- Academic Performance in terms of achievement and growth across a variety of measures (including statistical measures that seek to control for each school's unique student population so as to ensure "apples to apples" comparisons between and amongst schools), and
- Financial Performance in terms of near-term viability and long-term sustainability, and
- Organizational Performance as it relates to governance and legal compliance.
Goal of the CPF
The purpose of the CPF is to promote transparency and objectivity by clarifying SCSC performance expectations and by providing schools with an annual assessment of where they stand in terms of charter renewal. In other words, the performance framework eliminates any uncertainty about expected outcomes as well as what constitutes objective evidence of achievement.
Notes About Files
Academic Section: The disruption in teaching and learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic led the United States Department of Education (USEd) to grant the Georgia Department of Education’s (GaDOE) accountability waiver request for the 2020-2021 school year. As such, data critical to calculating all SCSC CPF academic performance metrics (e.g., the College and Career Readiness Performance Index [CCRPI], Value-Added Measure [VAM], and Beating the Odds [BTO]) are not available. GaDOE’s request for a waiver from federal assessment requirements was NOT granted. Thus, the statewide summative assessments, the Georgia Milestones Assessments were administered in the 2020-2021 school year. Using Georgia Milestone data, scores generated by GaDOE and where necessary school-administered benchmark assessment results, the SCSC crafted alternative measures to assess school performance for the 2020-2021 school year. On October 27, 2021 the SCSC approved a waiver from the traditional CPF academic measures and adopted the alternative measures. The academic section of the CPF has been modified to account for the changes.
Financial Section: Measure 1c, Enrollment Variance, holds schools accountable for gauging a school’s ability to accurately project the number of students that will attend the school in the upcoming year. Enrollment is the primary source of school revenue thus key to financial viability. Enrollment variance is traditionally calculated by comparing projected student enrollment with actual student enrollment as measured by the GaDOE October FTE count. However, due to the COVID pandemic, many schools experienced higher than expected enrollment variance. Notably, many brick-and-mortar schools over-projected anticipated student enrollment whereas the virtual state charter schools, under-projected anticipated student enrollment. Given the enrollment anomalies resulting from the COVID pandemic, the SCSC granted all state charter schools the full 15 points for Measure 1c for the 2020-2021 school year. The school’s actual enrollment variance will still be reported in the Financial Appendix.
The disruption in teaching and learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic led the United States Department of Education (USEd) to grant the Georgia Department of Education’s (GaDOE) assessment and accountability waiver request for the 2019-2020 school year. As such, the statewide summative assessments, the Georgia Milestones Assessments were not administered in the 2019-2020 school year. Georgia Milestones Assessment data are critical to calculating all SCSC CPF academic performance metrics (e.g., the College and Career Readiness Performance Index [CCRPI], Value-Added Measure [VAM], and Beating the Odds [BTO]). Thus, no academic data are available to report. To not penalize state charter schools and to allow for adequate performance data for charter renewal consideration, the SCSC extended state charter school contract terms by one year. While 2019-2020 operational and financial scores were still calculated, these scores will only be included in charter renewal considerations if they improve a school’s renewal status.
At the January 29, 2020 SCSC Meeting, Commissioners adopted amendments to the CPF. The amendments will take affect for the 2019-2020 school year. CPF results for the 2018-2019 school year will be calculated using both the Old Version (2019 and earlier) and newly adopted New Version (2019 and beyond) of the CPF. Whichever version results in a higher score for the school will be used for the 2018-2019 school year.