Required Enrollment & Retention Targets


Updated 12/27/12

  • Summary of Public Comments Received
    Summary of comments received on the proposed methodology for setting enrollment and retention targets for NYS charter schools. The comment period closed 5/29/12.


   
   
   

Updated Materials Post Public Comment Period:

        Calculators


A school can project its potential enrollment target using the calculator in three steps:

  1. First, select the worksheet that corresponds to the district in which the charter school is located.

  2. Second, input the school’s projected total enrollment at time of renewal.  The workbook uses that information to calculate the potential effective target for each possible grade span.

  3. Third, identify the school’s projected grade span at time of renewal. The worksheet lists three potential effective enrollment targets, one for each subgroup: English language learners, students with disabilities, and students eligible for free or reduced price lunch. The school’s potential effective enrollment target for each demographic category is the one that corresponds to the school’s projected grade span at the time of renewal.

A school can project its potential retention target using the calculator in three steps.

  1. First, select the worksheet that corresponds to the district in which the charter school is located.

  2. Second, input the school’s projected enrollment of students in each identified subcategory: students with disabilities, English language learners, and students eligible for free or reduced price lunch.

  3. Third, identify the school’s projected grade span at time of renewal. The worksheet lists three potential effective retention targets, one for each subgroup: English language learners, students with disabilities, and students eligible for free or reduced price lunch. The school’s potential effective retention target for each demographic category is the one that corresponds to the school’s projected grade span at the time of renewal.

          Empirical Analysis Files

Empirical Analysis files have been developed to allow users to further examine the proposed methodology.  These files allow users to compare one school's potential enrollment and retention rates to that of other schools located within the district.


Initial Materials Released for Public Comment:

 


 
 

About Enrollment and Retention Targets:

Amendments to the New York Charter Schools Act require that both the SUNY Trustees and Board of Regents prescribe targets for the enrollment and retention of: students with disabilities, English language learners, and students eligible for the Federal free and reduced price lunch program. 

The targets must be comparable to the enrollment and rate of retention of such categories of students attending public schools in the district (or Community School District in NYC) where the charter school is located.

Ultimately every charter school in New York State will have assigned targets, either as: 1) part of the new application process for schools chartered under the Request for Proposal (RFP) process; or 2) as part of the renewal application process for all schools.

Staff of the SUNY Charter Schools Institute and the New York State Education Department Charter School Office developed a proposed methodology to establish targets and release that methodology, along with a number of information resources for public comment.

Public comment was carefully reviewed and the proposed methodology was refined as a result.  The SUNY Trustees approved the proposed methodology on October 2, 2012.