Identifying Indicators of Distress in Charter Schools Part 1: The Role and Perspective of Charter School Authorizers

Identifying Indicators of Distress in Charter Schools

"Identifying Indicators of Distress in Charter Schools" labels and categorizes the indicators of distress that authorizers encounter as a school’s quality begins to decline. This report can help authorizers and other charter sector stakeholders recognize signs of distress in schools in their unique contexts and take action towards the goal of school improvement.

Download the full report at the link above and use the NCSRC Indicators of Distress Reflection Tool to assess if a school is in distress by levering the early indicators described in the report.

To further explore this research, view the following NCSRC webinar recordings with charter sector stakeholders.

The report is critical reading for various charter sector stakeholders.

  • State entities can use the report to better understand authorizers’ evolving roles, especially related to school improvement. 
  • Charter school developers and leaders and CMOs can utilize the report to help assess quality and health and drive improvement in schools in distress. 
  • Charter support organizations can leverage the report to help facilitate continual support throughout the school lifecycle.

"Identifying Indicators of Distress in Charter Schools" is the product of extensive qualitative research and formal interviews with nine authorizers across policy contexts from a variety of authorizing entities.  It is the first in a multi-part series published by the National Charter School Resource Center.