The Texas Education Agency recently selected CTAC to conduct an external evaluation of the Texas Charter School Program High-Quality Replication Grant. To ensure TEA's charter replication efforts result in a significant increase in the number and percentage of students enrolled in highly rated schools, CTAC is working to identify the practices, processes, and supports associated with successful charter replication. Of particular interest is how high-performing charter operators are attempting to strike a balance between standardization and customization when adding new campuses.
The overriding objective of the CSP evaluation is to determine the efficacy of Texas' efforts to facilitate the expansion of effective charter school models throughout the state. By examining both new and existing campuses, CTAC's evaluation will provide insight into the manner in which growing networks are attempting to maintain quality as they scale. The information contained in CTAC's evaluation will equip the State of Texas to make sound programmatic decisions, to disseminate promising practices, and to enhance the overall quality of the state's charter sector.
The CSP evaluation is a project spearheaded by the CTAC Charter Center, which provides strategic and technical assistance to charter schools, networks, and authorizers. For more information about the Charter Center's experience and capabilities, please visit our website or contact Benjamin Feit at email@example.com.
William J. Slotnik
Founder and Executive Director
Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC)