Leadership, Commitment, Judgment: Elements of Successful Charter School Authorizing

Great authorizers implement foundational best practices that NACSA has promoted for years. But to achieve outstanding outcomes, more is needed. When compared to others nationally, great authorizers also share certain additional unmistakable characteristics:

  • Dedicated to increasing access to better schools through the creation and replication of high-quality charter schools, the closure of low-performing ones.

  • Authorizing is visible, championed, and adequately resourced. Day-to-day authorizers have influence over decision making.

  • Great authorizers make decisions based on what will drive student outcomes, not based on checking boxes or personal beliefs.