Tools

Texas Partnerships Benefits Application

Texas Partnerships Benefits Application

Document that districts must submit to TEA to apply for partnership school benefits. The application provides an overview of submission requirements, identifies required attachments, collects information about district authorizing practices and policies, and includes an assurances document the superintendent must sign.

Texas Partnerships Benefits Application Rubric

The rubric TEA will use to evaluate responses in the benefits application. Districts should use this rubric to self-assess their application to ensure it meets eligibility requirements.

District Charter Authorizing Policy

Model District Authorizing Policy

Document serves as a model district authorizing policy for Subchapter C charter schools that is consistent with legislative and regulatory requirements for partnership school benefits under SB 1882. Districts must adopt this or a similar policy to receive benefits for partnerships. Districts that choose not to use the model policy must submit their policy for approval by November 30, 2020.

District Charter Authorizing Policy Rubric

Rubric that TEA will use to evaluate the board policies for districts not using the model policy. Districts should use this rubric to self-assess their policy to ensure it meets eligibility requirements.

Local Campus Partner Application

Model Local Campus Partner Application

Document serves as a model application for districts soliciting proposals from organizations interested in operating a partnership school. Districts must use this model application or a similar application. Districts that choose to use their own application must submit the application for approval by November 30, 2020.

Model Local Campus Partner Application Scoring Rubric

Document serves as a model scoring rubric for districts evaluating applications from organizations interested in operating a partnership school. Districts must use this model scoring rubric or a similar rubric. Districts that choose to use their own application must submit the application for approval by November 30, 2020.

 Local Campus Partner Application and Scoring Rubric Evaluation Form

Rubric that TEA will use to evaluate the local campus application and scoring rubric for districts not using the model application and model rubric. Districts should use this rubric to self-assess their local application and rubric to ensure it meets eligibility requirements.

Partnership Performance Contract

Partnership Performance Contract Template

Document serves as a template contract that districts and partners can use to develop their partnership performance contract. The included provisions reflect legislative and regulatory requirements of partnerships eligible for benefits under SB 1882.

Partnership Performance Contract Rubric

Rubric that TEA will use to evaluate executed performance contract. The rubric is based on legislative and regulatory requirements of partnerships eligible for benefits under SB 1882. TEA will evaluate performance contracts for all partnerships regardless of school- or partner- type. Districts should use this rubric to self-assess their contracts to ensure they meet eligibility requirements. 

Other Tools

Texas Partnerships Guide

Document describes Texas Partnerships and serves as guide for districts applying for partnership school benefits.

Texas Partnership Benefits Calculator

The “District Charter Funding FY2020” tab within the template allows districts to estimate the potential funding benefit generated by the campus as a Texas Partnership. Updated to reflect passage of HB 3.

Model Early Education Provider Application

Document serves as a model application for partner organizations interested in operating an early education campus as an Innovation School. TEA strongly encourages districts to use this template for soliciting applications from early education partner organizations.

Early Education Provider Application Evaluation Form

Document serves as a model form that districts may use to evaluate partner-submitted applications to operate an early education Innovation School. The evaluation form is directly aligned to the Model Early Education Provider Application.

Texas Administrative Code Update (March 2020)

Presentation that highlights the changes made to the Texas Administrative Code (rule) in March 2020.

Not Rated and Texas Partnerships

Guidance that discusses the impact of the statewide Not Rated rating issued in 2020 on Texas Partnerships.

Authorizer Tools

 

Authorizer Guidance

The Texas Authorizer Online Training (AOT) is a series of online modules designed to provide districts with an introduction to authorizing – what it is and why it is important – and provide Texas authorizers with a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of quality authorizing practices. The series of courses found in the online training will convey the historical context of the charter movement and authorizing both nationwide and statewide, cover the essential practices of authorizing, and orient learners to core resources and tools to support their work.

Authorizer Handbook

The Authorizer Handbook is a reference document that provides an overview of best practices throughout the authorizing life cycle and includes several templates and exemplars.

Quality Authorizing Self-Assessment

The self-assessment offers a checklist of critical authorizing responsibilities outlined in the Authorizer Handbook.

Campus Evaluation Framework

This document outlines a set of rigorous contractual expectations charter schools must meet in the areas of academic, financial, and organizational performance.

Campus Evaluation Framework Template

This template includes the academic, financial, and organizational indicators and metrics of the Campus Evaluation Framework and is provided as a Word document so that district authorizers can easily adapt it for inclusion in the charter contract.