A new, three-tiered ranking system that aligns with the California School Dashboard will offer greater predictability for schools in their renewal cycle. Using the dashboard’s "blue," “green,” “yellow,” "orange," and “red” designations, a school’s renewal process will be initially guided by their dashboard standing, with some key provisions secured to ensure that schools making progress are not left behind.
For the first-time in state law, we have established the concept that achievement gap-closing schools should be rewarded with streamlined and lengthened renewals: existing, high quality charter schools serving traditionally underserved students will be eligible for streamlined renewal and up to a seven-year renewal period.
A new “second look” also ensures that schools demonstrating promising academic growth are able to work that into their renewal, even if they haven’t reached proficiency amongst subgroups of our most vulnerable students. Additionally, an existing school’s fiscal impact on the district as well as their impact on the district’s programs, services and academic offerings cannot be considered during renewal.