2019-20 State Charter School Performance Summary

The SCSC annually assesses state charter school performance in the areas of academics, finance and operations through its accountability instrument, the Comprehensive Performance Framework (CPF). Performance standards align with the core components of strong charter schools and reflect the SCSC organizational mission to provide students with better educational opportunities than they would otherwise receive in traditional district schools. Each area of the framework answers a fundamental question through a series of indicators.

  1. Academic Performance: Is the school offering students a better educational opportunity than they would otherwise receive in the traditional district school?
  2. Financial Performance: Is the school financially viable?
  3. Operational Performance: Is the school as an organization effective, compliant and well-managed by the governing board?

2019-20 Performance Highlights

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.

  • A majority of state charter schools met performance standards in both sections (finances and operations) of the SCSC CPF in the 2019-20 school year. Additionally, the percent of state charter schools meeting performance standards increased from the 2018-19 to the 2019-20 school year. 
    • 79% of state charter schools met financial performance standards in 2019-20, up from 52% in the year prior. 
    • 97% of state charter schools met operational performance standards in 2019-20, up from 90% in the year prior.  

Additional information about 2019-20 state charter school performance: