The Performance Framework sets clear expectations for schools and will allow the DOE to answer the following questions:
Is the academic program a success?
Is the school financially viable?
Is the school equitable and organizationally sound?
Within the Performance Framework, the academic section carries the most weight in all high-stakes decision making including replication, expansion, renewal and revocation. In addition, the Framework will allow schools to now be assessed in a number of areas, such as how the school compares to similar "peer" schools; progress of individual subgroups of students and the school as a whole over time; whether the school is financially healthy and sustainable; whether the school has equitable admissions and enrollment practices to serve all students; and whether the school offers a safe and structured learning environment.