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					  School Advisory

What is the role of the School
  Advisory Council (SAC) ?
School Advisory Council

   Originally created to provide parents a meaningful
    role in their child’s education
   Originally called “State/District/Building
    Accountability Committees”
   “State Accountability Committee” eliminated in 1997
   Accountability committees changed in School
    Advisory Council in 2000
School Advisory Council
Philosophy and Structure
 Charter school governing boards may meet the
  legislative intent of a SAC.
 Governing boards operating as building
  accountability committees prior to January 1, 2000
  may continue to do so.
 The SAC is often listed as a separate committee, or
  sub-committee, that reports to the board.
 The board may expand the responsibilities of the
 The board provides direction to the SAC through a
  job description, membership guidelines, and
  reporting structures.
School Advisory Council
Statutory purpose
   To monitor the success and failure of decisions
    affecting student achievement
   To provide reports to the school community
    regarding educational performance and to provide
    data for the appraisal of educational performance
   To make recommendations to the principal on the
    expenditure of all school grants (should be tasked to
    the Finance Subcommittee)
   To monitor safety issues related to the school
          SAC Roles and

Membership, reporting structures,
    administration of surveys, and
disaggregate and summarize data
SAC Membership
   The school administrator
   Teachers
   Parents
   No more than two board members
   Community members
SAC Reporting Structures
   The SAC should meet monthly.
         Design and administer school survey(s)
         Disaggregate and summarize data
         Monitor school safety
         Other direction from the governing board
   The SAC should report to the governing board at
    least quarterly.
         Summarized data reports
         Survey progress and summary reports
         Written recommendations
   The SAC formally reports to the authorizer on an
    annual basis.
Administration of School
   Surveys should be designed to measure:
       Academic progress
       School safety
       Parent satisfaction
   Surveys must be approved by the governing
    board prior to distribution.
   Survey results combined with academic
    achievement data inform board decisions and
    strategic planning.
What is disaggregated
and summarized data?

    Information that has been
 translated into a form that is
 more convenient to move or
What type of data should a
charter school’s SAC monitor?

   Data reflecting the school’s values (vision &
   Accreditation data
   Data mentioned in the charter application;
    probably linked to school goals
   Data needed by administration
   Data needed for financial decision making
   Data required by the charter contract
How is data used?
   Create a compelling story
   Align data collection with school values
   Track progress
   Empower individuals
   Modify and refine practices
   Set goals
   Drive school improvement
   Inform professional development choices
Decision Making Process
                   1. Gather         2. Analyze
                  Information         the Data

     6. Monitor and
     Evaluate the                              3 Establish Goals

                  5. Determine
                                 4. Select Strategies
                 the Measures
Where does the data go?
   Distributed Internally
       As an ongoing exchanged between administrators and
       As comprehensive reports submitted to the SAC
       As summary reports submitted by SAC to the governing
   Distributed Externally
       As school improvement or accreditation plans submitted to
        the authorizer
       As School Accountability Reports (SAR) available to the
Examples of Data Sources for
School Advisory Councils
   Student assessment results
   School improvement planning measures
   Goal accomplishment and tracking
   Financial records
   Climate survey results
   Demographics
   Discipline, attendance, and graduation records
   Parent involvement
   Needs assessment and acquisition records
In Summary

    The School Advisory Council exists as an
  accountability structure to monitor and ensure:
academic progress, school safety, and appropriate
                resource allocation.

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