ACNW implements the following authorizing practices in order to hold schools accountable and to encourage continuous growth and reflection:
Data Review and Analysis – ACNW regularly reviews data that is publicly available, supplied by the school, or provided by MDE. This includes a review of state academic data, annual reports, budgets, financial audits, other compliance documents, and any other relevant data available to ACNW. This also includes a periodic review of financial reports and board meeting materials and minutes. ACNW reserves the right to request data from the school consistent with data privacy practices.
Site Visits & Board Observations – ACNW regularly visits authorized schools to verify performance and compliance. ACNW, at its sole discretion, determines the frequency and scope of site visits. During site visits, ACNW staff or contracted evaluators observe classrooms, tour the facilities and interview key school stakeholders including board members, school leadership, teachers, staff, parents and students. In a school’s reauthorization year, ACNW will send a team of evaluators to conduct Reauthorization Site Visits in preparation for recommendations to the Charter School Committee and Board of Directors.
ACNW attends at least one board meeting per year for each of its authorized schools in order to observe the school’s governance. ACNW, at its sole discretion, determines the frequency of attendance at board meetings. ACNW may also request time on a meeting agenda to present information to the school’s board.
Feedback & Strategic Intervention – ACNW provides feedback to schools in its portfolio through performance evaluations, presentations at school board meetings, formal written communication to the school leadership and board, and informal verbal communication. ACNW also gives schools the opportunity to provide additional information on any relevant issues that warrant explanation or clarification.
ACNW may, at its discretion, implement a formal intervention or provide strategic support to schools that are not in compliance with or are not on track to meet statutory or contractual expectations. ACNW’s Range of Possible Interventions is included as an exhibit in the charter contract.