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.
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 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 FY21 Monitoring Webinar provides an in-depth review of what to expect during monitoring.and
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 monitoring of school operations (onsite and virtual monitoring);
- Unannounced monitoring of school facilities for health and safety concerns;
- Website monitoring;
- Governing board monitoring; and
- Financial review monitoring
SCSC monitoring occurs annually for every school throughout the year. All schools will receive a monitoring 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
*The SCSC may send a school’s monitoring letter before this date.
**If the SCSC sends a school’s monitoring letter prior to January 15, 2021, the school’s corrective action plan will be due 90 days after the SCSC sends the school’s monitoring letter.