View Resource: Multi-School Evaluation Approach
This presentation explains how Denver Public Schools approaches oversight differently for entities that operate multiple school sites (e.g., charter management organizations). It articulates guiding principles for how a given multiple-school site organization should demonstrate capacity and efficacy in running more than one school, as distinct from those things a single-site operator would articulate for just one school site. The presentation is intended for an audience of existing school leaders as part of the charter renewal process. It includes a list of the specific document requests that DPS will make to evaluate the strength and capacity of a multi-site organization.
Outcomes and Lessons Learned: Denver developed this supplement to its existing school quality framework in recognition of the importance of considering specific central office strengths and capacity as part of their school quality reviews. These principles apply both in the new school application review and the ongoing oversight and/or charter renewal review. The MSO rubric has evolved based on feedback from existing charter management organizations as well as the need to consider district-run schools that are also effectively “operating” multiple sites that are replications of one another.