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:

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 FY20 SCSC 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:

  • Annual announced monitoring of school operations (onsite and desk monitoring);
  • Unannounced monitoring of school facilities for health and safety concerns;
  • Website monitoring;
  • Formal and unannounced governing board monitoring; and
  • Monthly financial review monitoring

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

 

Annual Announced Monitoring of School Operations Process and Timeline

August 12, 2019

Deadline for schools to submit monitoring documentation to SCSC portal

September 2, 2019

Onsite monitoring begins

December 13, 2019

Onsite monitoring letters sent

March 12, 2020

Corrective action plans due from onsite monitoring letters

April 6, 2020

SCSC responds to school corrective action plans sent to schools

June 30, 2020

Additional evidence from school corrective action plans due in order to receive partial CPF points 

 

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 performance reviews).