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Family Handbook Guidelines

 A family handbook provides charter school families with answers to their most common questions and helps to avoid unnecessary calls to the school. This guidebook, created by the New York City Charter School Center, is a brief guide to the purpose, timing, and typical contents of a Family Handbook.

 

Charter Management Organization Guide

Of all the decisions made by new Charter Schools, few are more important than
deciding whether to contract for school management services. Choosing well requires
balancing multiple considerations of finance, accountability, personnel, and public relations.  This guidebook from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools provides evenhanded, user-friendly advice for those considering contracting for charter school management.

Sample Data Dashboard

A Data Dashboard is an essential tool for all charter schools.  It enables school leaders to instantly check a variety of metrics and assess where their students are at with respect to standardized testing and attendance among others.  This sample is from Gotham City Charter School.

Creating Data-Driven Schools

Many school districts underutilize one of the most powerful and common symbol systems available to them—numbers—to monitor, evaluate, and revise programs and policies.  In this abstract from Education Leadership, a trio of authors examine new ways for school leaders and teachers to make the most of the data available to them.

Understanding Scale Score

A scale is an arbitrarily established set of numbers used for measurement according to a rate or standard.  Learning to understand scale scores is an essential skill for every educator and this one-page summary created by the New York City Charter School Center can help.

SMART Goals Connect a School

School staff are periodically reminded to revisit their SMART goals—goals that are Strategic and Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-based, and Timebound, in order to better assess the student population across learning disciplines.  This article by Jan O'Neill offers useful advice for doing so.

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