Education Service Providers Project
NACSA's Education Service Providers Project is designed to provide charter school authorizers, operators, and other charter school supporters with information, knowledge and practical tools that can improve the quality, sustainability and success of service relationships between charter schools and education providers.
The charter school movement has fostered the rapid development of education management organizations and encouraged the growth of comprehensive school reform models. NACSA identifies these entities as Education Service Providers (ESPs) and believes these organizations can provide important resources to build the capacities and success of charter schools, both individually and at scale. NACSA member agencies have learned a great deal about effective ways for ESPs to operate or serve charter schools, as well as ways for charter authorizers to facilitate successful partnerships between schools and ESPs.
NACSA encourages and supports constructive, lasting relationships among charter schools, ESPs and authorizers. To this end, we intend our ESP Project resources to be useful and accessible to authorizers, charter operators, parents, community leaders and other stakeholders in public education reform.
Through the Education Service Providers Project, NACSA has developed the following resources:
• An ESP Resource Toolkit – containing items such as contract review checklists, service contracting policies, sample provisions in charter contracts relating to service providers, and performance evaluation protocols – used by charter authorizers and schools working with education service providers. NACSA Members and Associate Members can access an electronic copy of the Toolkit in NACSA’s Online Library of Charter School Authorizer Resources or receive a hard copy at no charge, upon request to NACSA. Non-members may order print copies online.
• A Web-based Education Service Provider Information Clearinghouse – containing objective information on the services provided by education service providers (both school management organizations and comprehensive school design programs) working in more than one state, their experience with charter schools, and the client charter schools themselves. This Clearinghouse is a central source of objective, non-confidential and readily verifiable information about ESPs serving charter schools, drawing upon and augmenting resources in the public domain. The Clearinghouse is available online to NACSA Members and Associate Members. Non-members may view a demonstration area of the Clearinghouse or
join NACSA for full access to the Clearinghouse and other NACSA resources.
The ESP Clearinghouse contains profiles for each of the following education service providers (name of school design listed in parentheses):Comprehensive School Design Providers
Education Management Organizations
Virtual School Management Organizations
NACSA’s Education Service Providers Project was recently updated and expanded in 2005 by Adam Lowe, a consultant with Saffron Ventures, under a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.