The Indiana Charter School Board ("ICSB") is committed to fulfilling its role as a high-quality charter school authorizer by holding its schools accountable across a variety of performance dimensions. The accountability system described in these documents is rooted in the ICSB's guiding principles: 1) Students First; 2) High Expectations; 3) Excellence in Leadership; 4) Commitment to Innovation; and 5) Rigorous and Transparent Accountability. In addition, the accountability system strives to achieve the appropriate balance between an authorizer's obligation to protect student and public interests and uphold school autonomy.
The ICSB accountability system was approved by the ICSB members in the November 2012 public meeting. The core components of the system are the charter agreement and the Accountability Plan, which is incorporated into the charter agreement. The Prior Action Checklist is also incorporated into the charter agreement.
The Accountability Plan was approved by the ICSB members in November 2012 public meeting. It consists of a set of standard goals and outcome measures across three performance dimensions: academic success, financial health, and organizational compliance. (Note that the Accountability Plan linked above is current.) These outcome measures enable the ICSB to assess on a consistent basis the performance of each school within its portfolio. A school's progress as measured against the Accountability Plan performance dimensions is assessed through a combination of written reports, data submission, and school site visits. This collective body of evidence is used to assess school performance over the charter term and also forms the basis for charter renewal decisions. To ensure full transparency, ICSB performance assessments will be reported annually to the school's leader and Board of Directors. It is the intent of the ICSB that annual assessments will encourage constructive dialogue among the school's leadership team regarding continuous improvement efforts.
The academic success indicators within the ICSB's Accountability Plan are derived from the Indiana Department of Education's A-F Accountability model. Please click here for more information on the model. The ICSB's overarching approach to charter school accountability aligns with the Principles & Standards set forth by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA). To learn more about the ICSB's reporting requirements and site visits, please click on the links that follow.