Charter schools are public schools of choice that are authorized by the State Board of Education and operated by independent non-profit boards of directors. State and local tax dollars are the primary funding sources for charter schools, which have open enrollment and cannot discriminate in admissions, associate with any religion or religious group, or charge-tuition. Charter schools operate with freedom from many of the regulations that govern district schools, but charter schools are held accountable through the State assessment and accountability system.
To that end, the state of North Carolina has created a “report card” for school and school systems across the state which offers a collection of up-to-date data about student achievement and attendance, class size, school safety, teacher quality, school technology and other topics of interest to parents and others in the school community. Report Cards are provided for all public, charter, and alternative schools operating during the 2017-2018 school year. However, Report Cards for charter and alternative schools will vary slightly. Because charter schools are not part of a school district, only state comparisons are provided on their Report Cards. Additionally, quality teacher data are limited for charter schools due to the flexibility allowed in their operations.
You can visit the North Carolina School Report Cards Website to obtain information about your school or any other school across the state. The site was developed to provide the big and small pictures for many of the critical components of our students’ educational experience.