The primary driver of the renewal evaluation is the CSI Annual Review of Schools (CARS). CARS is the system used to annually evaluate and accredit schools based on the CSI’s Performance Frameworks. CARS aligns with the state performance framework, which evaluates academic achievement, academic growth, and postsecondary and workforce readiness. CARS includes additional measures related to academic, financial, and organizational performance to provide a more comprehensive and robust evaluation that includes strong indicators of charter viability and sustainability.
The renewal process provides schools with the opportunity to present new or supplemental evidence around school performance. This information helps to augment the CARS report and existing body of evidence used in the CSI Renewal Report. Additionally, this information may inform the renewal contract, identify areas of needed CSI support, and/or update CSI records. The renewal process requires the involvement of both the school leader and the school board.
The CSI Renewal Site Visit serves to provide additional context and insight into how the school is implementing their program. The site visit structure includes classroom observations, stakeholder focus groups and interviews with school staff. While the site visit protocol will primarily focus on areas of improvement, the visit will also include an opportunity for the school to highlight components of their program that are unique or are related to the school mission.
Board Specific Resources