The State of Charter School Authorizing 2011: Fourth Annual Report on NACSA’s Authorizer Survey
National Association of Charter School Authorizers
January 2012


The State of Charter School Authorizing 2011 report serves as a snapshot of charter school authorizing, providing a detailed analysis of authorizing entities’ use of NACSA’s Principles & Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing. This resource strengthens quality among charter schools by identifying best practices for authorizers, the agencies that approve, oversee and monitor charter schools on behalf of the public interest.

Continuing a pattern seen in 2009–2010, closure rates have fallen for charter schools that go through a review at the end of their charter term. Among authorizers responding to our survey, only 6.2 percent of charters reviewed for renewal were closed during the 2010–2011 school year, down from 8.8 percent in 2009–2010 and 12.6 percent in 2008–2009. It’s too soon to know whether this is a short-term anomaly or a larger trend.

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