The ESCLEW Application Review Team includes a core group from the Community Schools Center – Executive Director, Assistant Director, Academic Services Team Leader, Special Education Specialist, Financial Oversight Specialist, and a Regional Technical Assistance Educator. External reviewers are also incorporated in the review process. The ESCLEW Community Schools Center will ensure any external reviewer will not come from a competing school.
Annually and prior to reviewing applications, the Application Review
Team is trained on the reviewer protocols. All documents related to the
application, including the evaluation rubric and appropriate scoring
methods, are covered. The in-depth training examines the selection
criteria, evaluation process, and protocols. All reviewers sign a
Conflict of Interest Disclosure form. Any reviewer found to have a real
or perceived conflict of interest will be excused to ensure
impartiality in the review.
The evaluation rubric contains the criteria that provide the framework for the approval of the application for sponsorship by the ESCLEW Community Schools Center. The prescriptive criteria used to evaluate the application for sponsorship includes, but is not limited to, background and community need, education program, assessment and accountability, governance and management structure, business plan, staffing and capacity, financial information, and facilities. The school must present a comprehensive and evidence-based case for approval. A school seeking to replicate or change sponsorship must also demonstrate it is financially sound and organizationally viable. The Application Review Team will conduct research into the applicant’s history with community schools, interview the applicant, and discuss the viability and appropriateness of the school with the ESCLEW Governing Board. For a school seeking to replicate or change sponsorship, the Application Review Team will also interview the school’s current sponsor.
The Application Review Team will evaluate and discuss all the data.
Each reviewer will individually complete an evaluation rubric, rating
each selection criteria. The combined scores and comments will be
provided to the school in the Final Evaluation Rubric. If the
Application Review Team needs additional information to make a
determination, it will contact the school during the review period.