Charter School PERFORMANCE and COMPLIANCE Visit Report
I was able to see their high school building which is laid out in a similar fashion to the elementary and middle. There are no offices in the high school building because an older home that sits on the property houses those administrative offices. Behind the high school building is the new addition
gym, black box theater, board room, and classrooms. The plan is that this facility will be completed in May or June
ready for the next academic year.
Valid certificate of occupancy
Fire drills and regular fire department inspections
Meets general statute requirement for teacher certification Current BTSPIf applicable, uses online teacher evaluation system Current licensure renewal planImplements a teacher evaluation system
Based upon the February report that is in the OCS, the school does comply with the requirement for elementary licensure (92%). The middle and high school, however, barely meets the statutory minimum(58%). They were cautioned to watch this figure closely to avoid any noncompliance issues in the future. Based upon information provided to OCS in October 2012, QEA does not have an approved licensurerenewal plan (expired 2010) or beginning teacher support plan. Mr. Johnson believed they had one of each approved, so I told him to double-check. He can also contact their OCS consultant to receive thenecessary information to create one. Without either plan, the school cannot initial renewal of a teaching license or convert a SP1 (initial) license to SP2 (continuing) status. If they do have such approved plans,they need to communicate this with licensure
again, the school’s consultant can assist them.
Additional follow-up by the assigned consultant is probably needed here.
School has individual who monitors compliance for:
Testing Exceptional Children Department
Student information and accountability data
is aware of the school’s
academic performance on state assessments. If so, how?
They have historical information comparing the charter against the district on the school’s website.
If the public has this information, it is safe to assume that the board does as well. Unfortunately, theboard only meets quarterly; so the depth of understanding is questionable. I did not ask to see board minutes, so I cannot gauge their understanding of the
school’s academics at this time.
Consultants should follow up in the next several months.
School uses formative assessments to drive academics by sharing with all staff members and their board of directors. If yes, what does the data show, and how is the school addressing thesedeficiencies?
School has a clear lottery and enrollment processSchool has evident communication system with parentsSchool collects data on reasons for student withdraws
The school does have a lottery process listed on its website; however, it is dated for 2012. The front pageindicates that they are now accepting enrollment, but the link does not carry you to any specific form. A recent newspaper article said that the school has never needed to hold a lottery. I found this to be