The Core Performance System (CPS) refers to the frameworks, processes, and tools used to evaluate and monitor portfolio charter schools against the expectations and requirements outlined in the charter contract. The School Performance Frameworks (SPFs) serve as the foundation to the CPS, summarizing the academic, operational, and financial standards used by the SCPCSD to guide portfolio schools throughout their life cycle. Performance in these three areas are assessed and reported annually. These reporting tools, including a publicly reported dashboard summary, are constructed in a way that seeks to answer three core questions of charter viability and sustainability:
- How is the school performing against agreed upon expectations and standards?
- How is the school performing throughout the duration of its charter term?
- How is the school performing against schools which its students would otherwise attend?
Although these framework measures and expectations are standardized across the portfolio (as the SCPCSD believes in the capability of all students), the annual review cycle includes a process for reconsidering initial findings with local evidence as a supplement; it also involves a process for incorporating mission-specific indicators and measures that allow each school the opportunity to demonstrate and publicize the effectiveness of their unique mission and visions. These tailored components allow the system to capture portfolio diversity in model, location, and resources while simultaneously maintaining consistent, high, and transparent standards for the quality education that charter schools commit to providing to the students, families, and communities of South Carolina.