By statute and contract, all charter schools authorized by the South Carolina Public Charter School District (SCPCSD) are obligated to provide a high quality education to students. The SCPCSD developed the School Performance Framework (SPF) to provide a uniform evaluation framework for school performance. This framework is based on guidance by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), best practices of high quality charter school authorizers, and feedback provided by charter school stakeholders. The SPF includes criteria by which all district charter schools are evaluated to determine if schools are meeting their statutory and contractual obligations, informing both the SCPCSD and school communities about school performance and sustainability. The standards are divided into three sections, and each asks a fundamental question:
Academic Performance: Is the educational program a success?
Financial Performance: Is the school financially viable?
Student and Family Rights: Is the school fulfilling its obligations?
The SCPCSD Core Performance System (CPS), which the SPF is a part of, outlines the district’s various accountability processes and focuses oversight on outcomes to support high-quality charter schools.