Monday numbers: A closer look at North Carolina’s Restart schools

Monday numbers: A closer look at North Carolina’s Restart schools

- in Education, Top Story

Recurring low-performing schools can get fresh starts under the state’s Restart school reform model, which grants them charter-like flexibility. 

That means the schools are free of many of the mandates under which traditional public schools must operate. 

Like charter schools, Restart schools can make budgetary decisions, calendar decisions and others at the school level and district level.   

Last year, there were 58 Restart schools in North Carolina. They were joined by 49 this school year, to give the state a total of 107. 

All 107 schools have chosen the Restart model over three options, including the transformation model, turnaround model and the more drastic school closure model. 

To be eligible for school reform, a school must be a recurring low-performing school, which means it has been low-performing for two of the previous three years. A low-performing school is one where a majority of students perform below grade level and do not meet state growth goals. Also, the school must have received a state performance grade of “D” or “F” and did not exceed growth.    

Here’s a look, by the numbers, at how the state’s 58 Restart schools their used charter-like flexibility.  

This week’s numbers are taken from the NC Reform Model Annual Report Summary released this month. 

58 – The total number of schools approved for charter-like flexibility for the 2017-18 school year.   

9 – The number of restart schools utilizing budget flexibility. 

8 – The number of schools utilizing class size flexibility 

20 – The number of schools utilizing calendar flexibility. 

32 – The number of schools utilizing employment requirement flexibility. 

9– The number of schools using curriculum flexibility. 

14—The number of schools utilizing testing flexibility.   

 33 – The number of restart schools.