Accountability Plans

As set forth in the Practices, Policies and Procedures for the Renewal of Charter Schools Authorized by the State University Board of Trustees, the single most important factor that the Charter Schools Institute and the State University Board of Trustees consider in making renewal determinations is the school’s record in generating successful student achievement outcomes. Whatever grades a school is providing, the expectation is that most if not all of the students will leave the school fully prepared and educated for the next step in their academic careers—middle school, high school or college.

In order to determine whether a school has met that high standard, each charter school that the State University Board of Trustees authorizes is required to enter into a performance agreement, known as the Accountability Plan, which becomes part of its charter.


Guidelines for Developing a SUNY Accountability Plan:


The primary purpose of the Accountability Plan is to lay 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 contain a common set of goals and outcome measures which represent the Institute’s expectations for student learning and achievement at the time of renewal.

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 period. At the end of the Accountability Period schools develop a new Accountability Plan as part of their application for renewal.


Note: Guidelines include model Accountability Plan

Guidelines for Developing a SUNY Accountability Plan Progress Report:

As part of their annual reporting requirements, all SUNY authorized charter schools must submit an Accountability Plan Progress Report which, from their vantage point, addresses each of the goals and outcome measures contained in their Accountability Plans. The information presented in these Progress Reports constitutes important evidence that a school is keeping its promises to its students, parents and community, and is critical to making its case for renewal.

Updated July 2013

-    Required Progress Report Template (Updated July 2013)

-    SUNY L2RPT Student Data Correction Template