Accountability Plan (Draft)
The Accountability Plan lays out the specific student achievement goals that a school agrees to meet and the specific measures that define what constitutes meeting these goals. These plans establish a common set of goals and outcome measures that represent expectations the Institute and Trustees hold for student learning and achievement. Progress in meeting the Accountability Plan is used in evaluating whether a school receives approval to continue operating.
As public schools, charter schools are held accountable to the same outcomes as other public schools in New York State, namely performance on state exams. The Accountability Plan sets goals and outcome measures for the school’s performance in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies as well as for the school’s standing with respect to the state’s No Child Left Behind accountability system. Schools may also choose to include in their Accountability Plan optional academic, as well as organizational or other non-academic goals and measures.
The initial Accountability Plan is finalized during a school’s first year of operation and covers the initial “Accountability Period,” the first four years of its charter term At the end of the Accountability Period schools develop a new Accountability Plan as part of their application for renewal.
Schools must submit a draft accountability plan by December 1 of the school year in which instruction commences.