The State of Charter School Authorizing 2009
National Association of Charter School Authorizers
May 2010


From the report’s Executive Summary:
“In 2009, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) reported the results of its first annual survey of charter school authorizers. The survey, conducted during the 2007-08 school year, collected and analyzed basic data about these entities and how they conduct their business: from reviewing applications; to executing, enforcing and renewing contracts; to monitoring the academic, operational and financial performance of the schools they oversee.

This second annual report, based on a survey conducted at the conclusion of the 2008-09 school year, delves deeper into the policies and practices of charter school authorizers. In this new round, NACSA surveyed all of the nation’s large authorizers (those with 10 or more schools in their portfolios), which collectively oversee more than half of the nation’s charter school students and 64% of all charter schools. In addition, NACSA surveyed a sample of smaller authorizing entities.”

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