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					                                                      George Gervin Rubric
                                                   2010-2011 Application Cycle

Section 1.0   Comprehensive Program of Instruction –
              Comprehensive Program of Instruction – Curricular
   1.1        Emphasis                                                         F   A   M   E                Comments
              K-8 Needs Analysis narrative provides an explanation of                          Community description was not
              need within the selected community and includes a                                included. Data tables are missing
              description of the community, identification of the target                       writing scores in several grades
              population, and an explanation of how the community will                         to make a direct comparison.
              benefit from the school.                                                         Unclear on how the community
                                                                                               will benefit. Details on
                                                                                               community, writing scores,
                                                                                               and benefits are included in
                                                                                               the revised application
   1.1a                                                                            C   1       package.
              K-8 educational philosophy identifies principles or                              Lack of specific details on "best
              concepts fundamental to the school’s proposed                                    practices" components. "Best
              instructional strategies.                                                        practices" removed from
                                                                                               section in revised application
                                                                                               package. Proposed "build on
                                                                                               the strengths" of students is
   1.1b                                                                            C   1       new philosophy.
              K-8 Method(s) of instruction identified are described,                           Rationale for using the described
              support the philosophy and include the rationale for                             methods of instruction for the
              using such methods with the targeted population.                                 targeted population is missing.
                                                                                               Could not identify rationale in
   1.1c                                                                            1           revised application package.
              K-8 Methods of assessment narrative identifies the
              methods to be used, reflects the philosophy and
              method(s) of instruction, and includes a discussion of
              how school will monitor academic achievement and how
   1.1d       those assessments will guide instructional decisions.                    1
              K-8 Remediation plan includes criteria for when
              remediation will occur, who needs it, and how it will be
   1.1e       implemented.                                                             1
              K-8 Promotion and retention plan identifies the criteria
              for how the school will determine grade promotion and
              retention. The criteria identified must include proficiency
              levels for academic subject areas and other criteria that
   1.1f       the school will use to determine promotion and retention.                1
              K-8 Class size described supports the methods of
              instruction, the target population, and the facility described
   1.1g       on Attachment C.                                                         1
1.1 TOTAL                                                                      0   1   6   0
              Comprehensive Program of Instruction –Strategic Planning
Section 1.2                                                                    F   A   M   E               Comments
                                                                                               All goals are not specific and
                                                                                               measurable. Some of the goals
                                                                                               overlap and could be
                                                                                               incorporated into one. Goal #5 is
                                                                                               not in alignment with required
                                                                                               attendance for full funding. New
                                                                                               goals in revised application
                                                                                               package do not meet criteria.
                                                                                               Iowa Test of Basic Skills is not
                                                                                               an assessment used in
              K-8 Student Achievement Goals are performance-based,                             Arizona. AIMS does not assess
   1.2a       specific, measurable, attainable, and timely.                        1           Social Studies.
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                                                   2010-2011 Application Cycle

                                                                                             Action steps are not written for
                                                                                             each goal with specific
                                                                                             benchmarks. Unclear on
                K-8 Action steps to accomplish and monitor each                              evaluation and revision of goals.
                accompanied goal must identify the steps for how the                         Unable to identify edits that
                goal will be reached, how the progress will be monitored                     meet criteria for action steps
                (benchmarks), and a process for the evaluation and                           or revision and evaluation of
    1.2b        revision of the goal over time.                                  1           goals.
 1.2 TOTAL                                                                   0   2   0   0
Section 1.3.6   Sixth Grade                                                  F   A   M   E              Comments


                                                                                             POs identified in lessons are only
                                                                                             for introduction and practice, not
                                                                                             mastery. The intent of the
                The Strands, Concepts, and Performance Objectives                            sample lessons should be to take
                of the State Academic Standards being assessed for                           the students to mastery level.
                each subject area are identified and are appropriate for                     Revised application package
   1.3.6a       the grade level.                                                 C   1       includes mastery level.

                Instruction also aligns with the performance objectives
                identified in the assessment. A reasonable timeline for
                the instruction is provided along with the necessary
                resources to implement the instruction. Instruction for
                each subject area described aligns with the methods of
   1.3.6b       instruction provided in the Curricular Emphasis narrative.           1
                Student Activities for each subject area correspond to
                the teacher instruction provided. Student activities
                provide a reasonable and logical progression (timeline) to
                the assessment. Activities align with the performance
                objectives identified in the assessment. A list of the
   1.3.6c       required materials to complete each activity is provided.            1
                                                                                             Reading assessments are
                                                                                             missing. Unclear on alignment
                                                                                             with instruction with writing and
                                                                                             math assessments. Reading
                Each subject area assessment is summative, aligns                            assessment located in revised
                with the methods of assessment described in the                              application package. Writing
                Curricular Emphasis narrative and the assessment                             and math instruction does not
                provides each student an opportunity to demonstrate                          align with performance
   1.3.6d       proficiency of the identified Performance Objectives.            1           objectives and assessments.
                                                                                             Reading and writing rubrics need
                                                                                             additional language on rubric
                                                                                             criteria that is specific from one
                                                                                             level to the next. Scoring of math
                                                                                             assessment is unclear on two
                                                                                             different scores respectively.
                The scoring rubric for each assessment includes a                            Reading and math rubrics are
                description of the components (with identified                               clear in revised application
                Performance Objectives) to be scored and the criteria                        package, however, writing
   1.3.6e       required to demonstrate mastery.                                 1           rubric language is unclear.
1.3.6 TOTAL                                                                  0   2   3   0
Section 1.3.7   Seventh Grade                                                F   A   M   E              Comments
                                                      George Gervin Rubric
                                                   2010-2011 Application Cycle

                                                                                             No performance objectives
                The Strands, Concepts, and Performance Objectives                            identified for mastery in the
                of the State Academic Standards being assessed for                           sample lesson plans. Revised
                each subject area are identified and are appropriate for                     application package includes
   1.3.7a       the grade level.                                                 C   1       mastery level.

                Instruction also aligns with the performance objectives
                identified in the assessment. A reasonable timeline for
                the instruction is provided along with the necessary
                resources to implement the instruction. Instruction for
                each subject area described aligns with the methods of
   1.3.7b       instruction provided in the Curricular Emphasis narrative.           1
                Student Activities for each subject area correspond to
                the teacher instruction provided. Student activities
                provide a reasonable and logical progression (timeline) to
                the assessment. Activities align with the performance
                objectives identified in the assessment. A list of the
   1.3.7c       required materials to complete each activity is provided.            1
                                                                                             Unclear on reading assessment
                                                                                             content and scoring. Math
                                                                                             assessment does not provide the
                                                                                             opportunity for students to
                                                                                             demonstrate mastery on the
                                                                                             identified performance
                                                                                             objectives. Revised application
                                                                                             package includes reading and
                Each subject area assessment is summative, aligns                            math assessments that do not
                with the methods of assessment described in the                              align with performance
                Curricular Emphasis narrative and the assessment                             objectives. Reading
                provides each student an opportunity to demonstrate                          assessment scoring is
   1.3.7d       proficiency of the identified Performance Objectives.            1           clarified.
                                                                                             Scoring rubrics contain
                                                                                             ambiguous criteria language to
                The scoring rubric for each assessment includes a                            demonstrate mastery. Reading
                description of the components (with identified                               and writing rubrics submitted
                Performance Objectives) to be scored and the criteria                        in revised application package
   1.3.7e       required to demonstrate mastery.                                 1           do not meet criteria.
 1.3.7 Total                                                                 0   2   3   0
Section 1.3.8   Eighth Grade                                                 F   A   M   E              Comments
                                                                                             POs identified in lessons are only
                                                                                             for introduction and practice, not
                                                                                             mastery. The intent of the
                The Strands, Concepts, and Performance Objectives                            sample lessons should be to take
                of the State Academic Standards being assessed for                           the students to mastery.
                each subject area are identified and are appropriate for                     Revised application package
   1.3.8a       the grade level.                                                 C   1       includes mastery level.

                Instruction also aligns with the performance objectives
                identified in the assessment. A reasonable timeline for
                the instruction is provided along with the necessary
                resources to implement the instruction. Instruction for
                each subject area described aligns with the methods of
   1.3.8b       instruction provided in the Curricular Emphasis narrative.           1
                                                      George Gervin Rubric
                                                   2010-2011 Application Cycle

              Student Activities for each subject area correspond to
              the teacher instruction provided. Student activities
              provide a reasonable and logical progression (timeline) to
              the assessment. Activities align with the performance
              objectives identified in the assessment. A list of the
  1.3.8c      required materials to complete each activity is provided.              1
                                                                                             Assessments do not provide the
                                                                                             opportunity for students to
                                                                                             demonstrate mastery on the
                                                                                             identified performance
                                                                                             objectives. Science assessment
              Each subject area assessment is summative, aligns                              is not in alignment with
              with the methods of assessment described in the                                performance objectives. Items
              Curricular Emphasis narrative and the assessment                               submitted in revised
              provides each student an opportunity to demonstrate                            application package do not
  1.3.8d      proficiency of the identified Performance Objectives.              1           meet criteria.
                                                                                             Scoring rubrics contain
                                                                                             ambiguous criteria language to
                                                                                             demonstrate mastery. Science
                                                                                             rubric is not aligned to
                                                                                             performance objectives. Writing
                                                                                             and math rubrics do not meet
                                                                                             criteria in revised application
              The scoring rubric for each assessment includes a                              package. Science rubric does
              description of the components (with identified                                 contain language that is
              Performance Objectives) to be scored and the criteria                          aligned to performance
  1.3.8e      required to demonstrate mastery.                                   1           objectives.
1.3.8 Total                                                                0     2   3   0
Section 1.4   Comprehensive Program of Instruction – Monitoring            F     A   M   E              Comments

                                                                                             Plan needs additional details on
                                                                                             training to be provided and is
                                                                                             inconsistent with number of
                                                                                             trainings as compared to school
                                                                                             calendar. Could not locate the
                                                                                             use of Cornell notes in lesson
                                                                                             samples. Details on
                                                                                             professional development
              The professional development plan includes how it will                         topics were provided in
              assist in meeting student academic needs. The plan must                        revised application package.
              include how and when the program of instruction will be                        Cornell notes were identified
   1.4a       presented to teachers.                                             C   1       in lesson plan samples.
              A description of an administrative plan for monitoring the
              integration of State Academic Standards into instruction
              is provided. The description must include how and when
   1.4b       the teachers will be monitored.                                        1
              A description of a plan to be used by teachers for
              monitoring and documenting student proficiency in                              Unclear on how results will
              performance objectives is provided. The description must                       impact curricular decisions.
              include how and when monitoring will occur throughout                          Clarification on impact is
              the school year as well as how the results will impact                         included in revised application
   1.4c       curricular decisions.                                              C   1       package.
1.4 TOTAL                                                                  0     0   3   0
Section 1.5   Comprehensive Program of Instruction – Special Education     F     A   M   E              Comments
              The application indicates the school will provide special
   1.5a       education services to qualifying students.                             1
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              The application specifically describes the placement
              options the school is prepared to offer students with
              disabilities on the campus and provides the rationale for
   1.5b       those options.                                                          1
              The training of staff that will be required to implement
              such placement options and the personnel and
              resources that will be utilized to implement the option(s)
   1.5c       described.                                                              1
              The application demonstrates an understanding of the
              financial responsibility for a placement beyond what the
              school is prepared to offer students with disabilities on the
              school campus and describes a plan for securing such
   1.5d       placement.                                                              1
              A description of the duties and qualifications of those
              providing the services is included along with an
              indication as to whether special education services will be
              provided in-house or by contracted services is
   1.5e       provided.                                                               1
                                                                                              Market study needs to be
                                                                                              current, representative of the
                                                                                              costs in target area, and specific
                                                                                              to providing services.
                                                                                              Information provided in
                                                                                              revised application package is
              A market study of the cost of providing the services                            based on classroom dollars
              and related services is included. The market study is                           spent per pupil and does not
    1.5f      representative of the target area.                                  1           meet the criteria.
1.5 TOTAL                                                                     0   1   5   0
Section 2.1   Detailed Business Plan - Business Description                   F   A   M   E        Consensus Comments
              The narrative describes the type of organization and the
              date it was organized. The organization’s history, board
              development, along with any licenses, permits, (i.e.
   2.1a       501c3, EIN, etc.) that have been obtained are discussed.                1
              The information in the narrative is consistent with the
              articles of incorporation, or other appropriate legal
              documentation included in the application, and information
              presented on the Title Pages of this application including
   2.1b       the Form of Organization and membership.                                1
2.1 TOTAL                                                                     0   0   2   0
Section 2.2   Detailed Business Plan – Organizational Structure               F   A   M   E              Comments
   2.2a       Corporate Principal(s) and Authorized Representative(s)
              are identified, highlighting the significance of the
              individual or the skill set each contributes to the
              organization making the application including, but not
              limited too, experience in elementary/secondary
              education, business operation, and financial
              management.                                                             1
   2.2b       Discussion includes the areas, if any, that may require the
              principals to seek expertise outside the organizational
              structure.                                                              1
2.2 TOTAL                                                                     0   0   2   0
Section 2.3   Detailed Business Structure – Business Structure Filings        F   A   M   E              Comments
                                                       George Gervin Rubric
                                                    2010-2011 Application Cycle

              The most recent Annual Report, Articles of
              Incorporation/Organization, By-laws/Operating
              Agreement, documentation giving the applicant the
              authorization to apply and/or documentation detailing
              governance and accountability of the charter school
              are consistent with the all contents of the application
   2.3a       package.                                                                1
2.3 TOTAL                                                                   0     0   1   0
Section 2.4   Detailed Business Plan - Governance Structure                 F     A   M   E              Comments

                                                                                              Inconsistencies between
                                                                                              organizational chart and
                                                                                              narrative. Revised
              The organizational chart and narrative reflects the                             organizational chart and
              operation and proposed reporting structure within the                           narrative are not in alignment
   2.4a       organization.                                                       1           in revised application package.
                                                                                              All stakeholders are not
              The communication chart and narrative is consistent                             represented on chart in the flow
              with the content of the application package and                                 of information. All stakeholders
              represents the flow of information for all stakeholders                         are represented in revised
   2.4b       (i.e. parents, community members, students).                        C   1       application package.
              Discussion includes a clear description of the role and
   2.4c       responsibilities of the corporate/organizational board.                 1
              Discussion includes a clear description of the role,
              responsibilities, and mandated obligations of the
              school’s governing body. Discussion includes how the
              make-up of both the principals and the body described will
   2.4d       comply with the open meeting law.                                       1
              Provide a narrative that describes governing body member
              recruitment and development. Include the
              training/orientation process that will be provided to all
   2.4e       school governing body members.                                          1
2.4 TOTAL                                                                   0     1   4   0
Section 2.5   Detailed Business Plan – Market Study                         F     A   M   E               Comments
                                                                                              Market analysis needs additional
              Market analysis includes identification of the target                           details on target market. Details
              market area, a description of the need for a school in that                     on 6th - 8th grade student
              target market, identification of the number of students                         population in targeted area are
              within the proposed grade levels, and the market’s                              provided in the revised
   2.5a       growth rate.                                                        C   1       application package.
              Discussion of Advertising/Promotion plans to include how
              parents/customers will be attracted to your school and the
              costs to implement your plan. Discussion must include
   2.5b       how costs were determined.                                                  1 Very thorough plan.
2.5 TOTAL                                                                   0     0   1   1
Section 2.6   Detailed Business Plan - Facilities                           F     A   M   E            Comments
              The description of the facility necessary to implement
              the program described includes the square footage
              needed, the number of classrooms needed, the actual
   2.6a       location and a layout of the physical space.                            1
              The applicant provides documentation on the number of
              suitable facilities available in the target market, the
              costs associated with securing the facility, and the
              costs associated with ensuring compliance with all
              applicable laws and regulations. Costs must be reflected
   2.6b       in the organization’s Start-Up Budget.                                  1
2.6 TOTAL                                                                   0     0   2   0
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                                                   2010-2011 Application Cycle

Section 2.7   Detailed Business Plan - Academic Program Schedule             F   A   M   E              Comments
              A school calendar is provided that includes total number
              of days of instruction for the school year, planned
   2.7a       holidays, other days off and planned half days.                        1
              A weekly schedule is provided that demonstrates
              compliance with hours/minutes of instruction per week                          It appears 7th and 8th grade will
              for each grade level served as described in ARS 15-901.                        not have enough instructional
              Include the length of day (approximate start and                               hours to meet minimum
              dismissal times) and how many hours will be designated                         requirements. Revised
              for the core academics, i.e. reading, writing, math science,                   application package includes
   2.7b       and social studies.                                                C   1       clarification on daily schedule.
2.7 TOTAL                                                                    0   0   2   0
Section 2.8   Detailed Business Plan – Personnel                             F   A   M   E              Comments
                                                                                             Number of teachers inconsistent
                                                                                             with student/teacher ratio.
              Narrative reflects the appropriate personnel to                                Qualifications of staff must align
              implement the program of instruction and business                              with NCLB Highly Qualified
              plan described. Include the number of instructional and                        requirements. Details were
              non-instruction personnel and the responsibilities of the                      provided in revised application
              instructional staff. Qualifications of staff must align with                   package and item meets
   2.8a       NCLB Highly Qualified requirements.                                C   1       criteria.
              Provide a detailed plan that includes recruiting, hiring,
   2.8b       and training of instructional staff.                                   1
              Provide an administrative plan that includes oversight
              responsibilities related to instruction and operational
              services. Plan must identify the number and their
              oversight responsibilities related to the following areas;
              curricular implementation, staff training and
              development, testing (AIMS, TerraNova, AZELLA),
              financial management, contracted services,
              personnel, grants management, and student
   2.8c       management information system (SAIS).                                  1
              Compensation plan that supports the described
              qualifications of instructional and non-instructional
   2.8d       personnel.                                                             1
2.8 TOTAL                                                                    0   0   4   0
Section 2.9   Detailed Business Plan – Financial Plan                        F   A   M   E              Comments
              Start-up Budget Narrative includes background
              information providing clarification of what the                                Start-up budget is unclear on
              organization brings to the project, what will be required                      funding down payment in addition
              as part of start up (e.g. computers donated by non-profit,                     to budget for facilities. Start-up
              organization holds appropriate C of O for facility,                            costs include a down payment
              infrastructure for technology in place, etc.), and the                         of $10K for securing a facility
              assumptions made for each line item identified on                              in the revised application
   2.9a       Attachment G.                                                      C   1       package.
              Timeline includes schedule for facility acquisition, build-
              out and improvements, recruiting students and
              personnel, hiring and training staff, submitting
              estimated counts to School Finance, anticipated time for
              signing charter contract, anticipated enrollment period,
              and ordering/receipt/payment of supplies, materials,
   2.9b       furniture, etc.                                                        1
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              Start-up Budget (Attachment G) supports the timeline
              provided and the program described. The budget does                                Budget does not support the
              not include unsecured grants and/or unsecured                                      timeline. Budget revisions on
              federal funds. Start-up budget assumptions with                                    personnel and facility costs
              rationale are included for each line item identified on Start-                     made in revised application
   2.9c       up Budget.                                                           C    1        package meets criteria.

              Three Year Operating Budget (Attachment H) Narrative
              includes background information providing clarification
              of how expenses may be paid over time or in installments
              (e.g. equipment leases, furniture payments, etc.),                                 See concerns in 2.9a. Rationale
              assumptions made when creating the budget (e.g. when                               for calculations not always
              enrollment capacity will be met, utilities included in rent),                      included. Clarifications in 2.9a
              and any research/market studies supporting expenses                                in revised application package
   2.9d       included in the budget, as appropriate for this project.             C    1        corrects this item.
              State aid revenues appropriately reflect statutory
              requirements (funding formula projections) and realistic
   2.9e       student projections.                                                      1
              Operating budget reflects growth described on Title
   2.9f       Pages and in Program of Instruction.                                      1
              Each year shows school is able to sustain itself.
   2.9g       Annual expenditures do not exceed revenues.                               1

                                                                                                 Staffing in budget is not in
                                                                                                 alignment with narrative. Some
                                                                                                 related costs appear to be low.
                                                                                                 Revisions to staffing costs in
              Expenditures for personnel reflect qualifications,                                 budget as submitted in revised
              salaries, and benefits (including required employer                                application package meets
   2.9h       contribution) as described in the business plan.                     C    1        criteria.
                                                                                                 Operating costs appear low.
                                                                                                 Discrepancy in student count.
              Expenditures support the Program of Instruction                                    Revisions have corrected this
              including materials, supplies, equipment, etc. as                                  item in the revised application
   2.9i       described within the application.                                    C    1        package.
              Expenditures support the implementation of the
   2.9j       special education services described.                                     1
              Appropriate audit expenses were included in operating
   2.9k       budget for year two and three.                                            1
              Expenditures support the facilities described in the
   2.9l       application.                                                              1

                                                                                                 Inconsistencies between
                                                                                                 expenses and application.
                                                                                                 Revisions in Section 2.9 have
                                                                                                 corrected this item in the
   2.9m       Operating expenses are consistent with the application.              C    1        revised application package.
              First Year Month-by-Month Cash Flow Budget Sheet
              (Attachment I) reflects the first year operating budget
   2.9n       and information provided in the narrative.                                1
              First Year Month-by-Month Cash flow indicates the school
              is able to sustain itself with monthly expenditures
   2.9o       never exceeding revenues.                                                  1
2.9 TOTAL                                                                      0    0   15   0
Grand Total                                                                    0   11   56   1
                                                    George Gervin Rubric
                                                 2010-2011 Application Cycle

 SUMMARY
             No scoring area received a score of Falls Below
             More than one scoring area in each section scored
             Approaches
             Fails 95% Test

CONCLUSION
             Fails to Meet the Criteria, Therefore Substantively
             Incomplete

				
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