ACNW conducts performance evaluations in the areas of Academic Performance, Financial Performance, Operations Performance, and Environmental Education Performance for each of its authorized schools. The specific frequency and scope of these evaluations is at the discretion of ACNW; however, a comprehensive Reauthorization Evaluation is conducted during the final year of a school’s contract in order to develop a reauthorization recommendation for the ACNW Board of Directors to act upon.

The evaluation frameworks used by ACNW are comprehensive and indicator driven. Please click any of the buttons to the right to view current evaluation frameworks.

Click here to view ACNW’s complete Reauthorization Evaluation framework.

Academic Performance

Central to ACNW’s academic performance evaluation is the school’s performance on its contractual goals as articulated in its charter contract with ACNW. Reauthorization decisions are primarily based on performance in relation to these goals.

ACNW evaluates its authorized schools’ academic performance on the 11 critical indicators below.

Indicator 1: Mission Related Outcomes Are all students achieving significant academic and/or personal growth, knowledge and skill development, and accomplishments related to the school’s mission?
Indicator 2: English Language Learners Are EL students at the school achieving adequate progress towards English Language Proficiency?
Indicator 3: Reading Growth Are all and subgroups of students meeting expected growth targets in reading?
Indicator 4: Math Growth Are all and subgroups of students meeting expected growth targets in math?
Indicator 5: Reading Proficiency Are all and subgroups of students achieving proficiency in reading?
Indicator 6: Math Proficiency Are all and subgroups of students achieving proficiency in math?
Indicator 7: Science Proficiency (and Growth) Are all and subgroups of students achieving proficiency in science? And, if applicable, are all and subgroups of students meeting expected growth targets in science?
Indicator 8: Proficiency or Growth in Other Curricular Areas or Educational Programs Are all and subgroups of students achieving proficiency or meeting expected growth targets in other curricular areas or educational programs?
Indicator 9: Post Secondary Readiness Are all and subgroups of high school students prepared for post secondary success?
Indicator 10: Attendance Are students attending the school at high rates?
Indicator A: Federal and State Accountability How is the school performing according to federal and state accountability measures?


Click here to view ACNW’s current Academic Performance Evaluation framework.
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Environmental Education Performance

As a key component of ACNW’s mission and vision-driven chartering purpose, ACNW evaluates its authorized schools on their Environmental Education performance on the following eight critical indicators:

Indicator 1: Awareness Students demonstrate an awareness of the relationship between the environment and human life and the diversity of life that shares the earth with humans.
Indicator 2: Knowledge Students have knowledge of how natural systems function and how human systems interact with and depend on them.
Indicator 3: Attitudes Students demonstrate respect and concern for the earth’s health and the motivation to participate in environmental stewardship.
Indicator 4: Skills Students possess the skills needed to identify and critically analyze environmental issues, and to contribute to resolving the root of environmental challenges.
Indicator 5: Action Students have the capacity, or are increasing their capacity, to perceive and interpret the health of environmental and social systems and take appropriate action to maintain, restore, or improve the health of those systems.
Indicator 6: Environmental Education Program The school implements values and strategies that foster learning and create environmentally literate citizens who engage in creating healthy outcomes for individuals, communities, and the Earth.
Indicator 7: Governance The board of directors allocates the appropriate financial, human, and organizational resources to carry out environmental education and monitors the school’s progress toward its goals.
Indicator 8: Operations Operational decision-making by school leadership, staff, and faculty reflects a commitment to environmental sustainability. The school has a waste reduction and recycling program in place.
Click here to view ACNW’s current EE Performance Evaluation framework.
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Financial Performance

ACNW evaluates its authorized schools’ financial performance on three primary indicators.

1. Financial Management
Quality management and oversight of financials is a critical indicator of financial health. ACNW evaluates the financial management of schools using the following measures: Budgeting, Financial Policies and Practices, Financial Reporting, and Financial Audit.

2. Near-Term Financial Health
Near-term financial health measures are designed to depict the school’s financial position and viability in the coming year. ACNW evaluates the near-term financial health of schools using the following measures: Current Ratio, Days Cash on Hand, and Enrollment Variance.

3. Financial Sustainability
Long-term financial sustainability measures are designed to depict the school’s financial position and viability over time. ACNW evaluates the long-term financial sustainability of schools using the following measures: Fund Balance Percentage, Total Margin and Aggregated Three-Year Total Margin, and Debt to Asset Ratio.

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Operations Performance

ACNW evaluates its authorized schools’ operations performance on six primary indicators. These include:

1. Educational Program
This portion of the evaluation focuses on how the school has implemented key components of the educational program. This indicator includes the following measures: Mission & Vision, Instruction & Assessment, Educational Requirements, Special Education, English Learners, and Parent & Student Satisfaction.

2. Governance
This portion of the evaluation focuses on the board’s governance, oversight, and evaluation. This indicator includes the following measures: Board Composition & Capacity, Board Decision-Making & Oversight, and Management Accountability.

3. School Environment
This portion of the evaluation focuses on the environment that the school has created for students. This indicator includes the following measures: Facilities & Transportation and Health & Safety.

4. Student Rights
This portion of the evaluation focuses on the practices and procedures of the school related to student enrollment and privacy rights. This indicator includes the following measures: Admissions & Enrollment and Due Process & Privacy.

5. Personnel Practices
This portion of the evaluation focuses on the school’s practices and successes related to staffing. This indicator includes the following measures: Licensure, Staff Retention, and Employment Practices.

6. Compliance & Reporting
This portion of the evaluation focuses on the school’s ability to meet various authorizer and state compliance and reporting deadlines and activities. This indicator includes the following measures: Charter School Annual Reports, Insurance, and Authorizer & State Compliance.

Click here to view ACNW’s current Operations Performance Evaluation framework.