At its launch in 2008, the Association hired the Institute for Public School Initiatives at The University of Texas to bring rigorous research, best practices, external experts, and charter leaders together to create the association’s Quality Standards and self-assessment. A representative committee was assembled to reflect the diversity of size, type, and geographic location within the public charter school movement in Texas. This committee of practitioners also provided authentic and field-based best and promising practices that are now included in the Quality Framework. The TCSA Quality Framework is the first in the nation built specifically for charter schools, by charter school leaders with the help of independent quality improvement experts.
National Quality Movement
The value and validity of the Quality Framework self-evaluation has been recognized at the national level, and numerous state charter associations are seeking to rollout the tool in their states. At present, the quality evaluation tool has been licensed and launched in California and Tennessee with additional planning discussions in progress with Delaware, South Carolina, Colorado, and Hawaii. Collectively, the states using the quality navigation tool seek to better understand charter member needs and to identify, co-create, and share best practices and resources to meet the those needs.
Host a QF Work Session at Your School
The TCSA Quality Services Team works side by side with charter leaders and boards. We are happy to calendar a work session or webinar with your team.