ICSB Alternative Accountability System
The single most important factor that the Indiana Charter School Board ("ICSB") considers in assessing a drop-out recovery high school’s performance and making charter renewal determinations is the school’s record in generating successful student achievement outcomes. Regardless of the unique circumstances facing the targeted student population, the expectation is that most, if not all, of the students served in a drop-out recovery high school will leave the school fully prepared for post-secondary education or employment.
In order to determine whether a drop-out recovery high school has met this high standard, each school that the ICSB authorizes is required to enter into a performance agreement. This agreement’s primary purpose is to outline the specific student achievement goals that a school agrees to meet and the specific outcome measures that define what constitutes meeting these goals. The agreement also describes financial health and organizational compliance goals and measures. This agreement, known as the "Accountability Plan," becomes part of the school’s charter. Under the ICSB’s Alternative Accountability System, schools are required to report their yearly progress in meeting the goals contained in their Accountability Plan through an annual report, referred to as the Accountability Plan Progress Report.
In establishing high standards for renewal, the ICSB requires that the Accountability Plan for each of its drop-out recovery charter high schools contains a common set of goals, along with specific measures, that set the same criteria for success for each school. These required outcome measures represent the ICSB’s expectations for student learning and achievement at the time of renewal.
Only charter high schools with at least 60% of the students enrolled within the school that 1) belong to a cohort that has already exited high school OR 2) are over the age of 18, may be assessed under this model for ICSB accountability purposes. Eligibility is determined based upon student cohort placement from the previous academic year. For example, a school that opened during the 2012-2013 academic year must have at least 60% of its students either belong to a cohort from 2012 or before, OR be over the age of 18 (the average age of a 4-year graduate). Alternative accountability applies only to charter high schools serving students assigned to Grades 9-12.
The ICSB must apply for alternative accountability status on behalf of the charter school organizer to the State Board of Education ("SBOE"). If approved, the Indiana Department of Education ("IDOE") will calculate the alternative score. An organizer does not need to repetition the SBOE in future years until such time as the SBOE votes to remove the organizer from an alternative accountability categorization.
Please review the ICSB's Alternative Accountability System for additional information and requirements.