In July 2020, The National Charter School Resource Center (NCSRC) published the Policy Framework for High-Quality Charter Authorizing Practices (Framework), which was described as a tool for assessing a State policy environment’s support for high-quality authorizing practices.  The Framework is based on a review of high-quality authorizing practices referenced in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and literature by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) and the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools (Alliance). NCSRC staff used this review to identify common themes or categories of policies that are essential to State support for high quality authorizing and incorporated them into the Framework.

Guided by the Framework, the NCSRC has since published High-Quality Charter Authorizing Policy Profiles (State Profiles) for 27 recent State Entity grantees. We are happy to share that as an awardee of a CSP State Entities grants in FY 2020, Pennsylvania, was selected for a profile this year. Like previous State Profiles, these newly published resources describe the key elements of the State’s policy context for supporting high-quality authorizing practices.

The PACSP team was excited to assist the NCSRC by providing information as well as reviews and feedback on the Pennsylvania profile.