Tuesday, August 20, 2013

CHART for Charter School Applications

CHART (CHart school Application Review Tool) is the online charter school application review instrument that makes application review much easier! This is the only application in Colorado designed to match the state's model Charter School Application and Review Rubric.

School district staff can be entered into CHART and all of their scores (for each line of the rubric) and comments can be printed either for an individual reviewer or for all district staff reviewers together. Further, because the use of external experts is considered a best practice of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), Charter School Solutions can provide experts with a match to the school's design. For example, a bilingual school application will be reviewed by a bilingual charter school expert.

Because CHART is a collection of scores and comments, the charter school application review is considered fair and objective. Should a denied charter school application be appealed to the State Board of Education, the process is state-of-the-art and transparent.

In the past, authorizers would spend many hours of staff time to collect all the reviewer's findings and assemble them into a format that's usable by staff and the district Board of Education. CHART saves hundreds of hours of staff time!