Policy and Practice

Stakeholder Satisfaction Surveys

We have developed an online stakeholder satisfaction surveys to assist schools in assessing their performance.  The surveys assess performance from the perspectives of parents, students and staff.

Survey results are useful as a school management and accountability tool. The results also offer useful information for the school accreditation and the charter school renewal processes.


USC School Performance Dashboard

Annual Reports
Each year, we release an annual report on the performance of charter schools in California. The report assesses performance in terms of both academic and financial measures.

Interactive is an interactive tool, allowing users to compare the performance of individual charter schools over time and groups of charters to one another. The USC School Performance Dashboard offers a comprehensive, online database that rates every charter school in California on 12 indicators of performance.


Promising Practices Compendium Highlighting Innovations in Charter Schools

We offer a Web-based compendium of promising practices. Each promising practice profile provides information about the implementation and impact of the strategy. Promising practice profiles are in two areas: educational reform and school governance. The goal of the compendium, is to offer evidence-based strategies for improving the quality and sustainability of all public schools, both charter and district-run.


The National Resource Center on Charter School Finance and Governance

Emerging research suggests that most charter schools that fail are forced to close for non-academic reasons, most often because of organizational mismanagement and financial difficulties. The National Resource Center on Charter School Finance and Governance provides an array of information to help policy makers, charter school authorizers and operators build and support high-performing charter schools.  The NRC Web site contains an information clearinghouse; promising practices related to finance and governance; state policy guides; and tools and resources to help the charter school community assess the financial strength and governance capacity of charter schools.