Accountability

 
 
Charter schools in New York City are authorized, or held accountable, to their charters and student performance by three entities, the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), the State University of New York (SUNY), and the State Education Department (SED). Authorizers produce reports on these measures annually and for charter renewals (from the NYCDOE website). Academic Leadership Charter School's authorizer is the NYCDOE and we are required to complete a number of reporting requirements each year. Please see our reports in this section.

 
 
 
Annual Comprehensive Review
The Annual Comprehensive Review (ACR) investigates three primary questions: is the school an academic success; is the school a fiscally sound, viable organization; and is the school in compliance with its charter and all applicable laws and regulations. To ascertain matters of sustainability and strategic planning, the Charter School Accountability and Support (CSAS) team inquires about the school’s plans for its next charter term. This review is conducted by analyzing student performance data and collecting and evaluating school-submitted documents during the 2012-2013 school year, and in some cases, visiting the school. The ACR report outlines evidence found during this review (from the NYCDOE website).
 
Annual Financial Audits
Every year each charter school is required to engage in an independent financial audit (from the NYCDOE website). Audits are typically conducted in the Spring and Summer and reports are available in the Fall.
 
Annual Reports
The annual report is generated annually by each school and describes the charter school’s academic performance outcomes and their progress toward the goals of their charter (from the NYCDOE website).
 
Annual Site Visit Reports
The Annual Site Visit report describes what the reviewers saw at the school - what life is like there. The report identifies some of the strengths in the school, as well as areas where improvement is needed. The Office of Charter Schools visits each school at least once in their first, second & fourth year of operation and generates a report of findings (from the NYCDOE website).
 
NYC Progress Reports
Progress Reports help parents, teachers, principals, and school communities understand schools' strengths and weaknesses. Progress Reports grade each school with an A, B, C, D, or F and are based on students progress (60%), student performance (25%), and school environment (15%). Scores are based on comparing results from one school to a peer group of up to 40 schools with the most similar student population and to all schools citywide (from the NYCDOE website). 2011-2012 is the first year in which a Progress Report was given for ALCS. See our results in this section!
 
NYC School Surveys
Every year, all parents, all teachers, and students in grades 6-12 take the NYC school survey. The survey ranks among the largest surveys of any kind ever conducted nationally. The survey helps school leaders understand what key members of the school community say about the learning environment at each school. The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn.

Survey results provide insight into a school's learning environment and contribute a measure of diversification that goes beyond test scores on the Progress Report. NYC School Survey results contribute 10% - 15% of a school's Progress Report grade (the exact contribution to the Progress Report is dependent upon school type). Survey questions assess the community's opinions on academic expectations, communication, engagement, and safety and respect. School leaders can use survey results to better understand their own school's strengths and target areas for improvement (from the NYCDOE website).