When the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) was passed in 1965, it committed new funding to education to ensure equitable access to educational resources and opportunities for all students. The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 reauthorized the ESEA and recognizes that all children can achieve the same high standards when taught by highly qualified teachers using proven methods in an appropriate learning environment. The goal of this act is to provide educators assistance in planning and implementing programs that are designed to close the achievement gap between disadvantaged students and their peers. Accountability, choice, flexibility, and methodology are the four pillars of reform in NCLB and are used to establish requirements and regulations for states to determine eligibility. The New Jersey Department of Education administers funds under NCLB through a consolidated grant application process to local education agencies (LEA).
Parent Notification and Documentation:
New Jersey’s approved ESEA Waiver Request requires that the state implement an accountability system with differentiated recognitions, interventions and supports. One component of this system is the calculation of progress targets for each district school that participates in the state’s assessment system. The NJDOE established annual equal increments so that within six years the percentage of non-proficient students in all subgroups is reduced by half. In addition, the state established a proficiency goal of 90 percent; this goal was to be increased to 95 percent in 2015; however, due to a new state math assessment all targets were reset. A school is determined to meet the state’s expectations if it either meets its designated progress target or the state proficiency goal. Any school that does not meet the identified annual progress targets and/or the state proficiency goal in any one subgroup or more, is required to be represented on a district/school action plan that articulates how it will address the needs of student populations that fell below the target. With the transition of state assessments in English Language Arts and Math to PARCC, 2015 & 2016 were determined to be baseline years and no progress targets were set.
In addition, participation targets are set at 95% annually and continue to be in effect. Any school missing the target rate for participation are represented on the following chart that can be viewed by clicking here.
Click below to view individual School Performance Reports from May 2016:
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the main federal statute that authorizes federal aid for the education of children with disabilities. States that receive federal funds are required to provide a free, appropriate public education to all children with disabilities in the least restrictive environment. The current version of the act was passed in 2004; however, continues to be based on the law first created in 1975 known as the Education for All Handicapped Children Act.
Federal Program Monitoring
The NJDOE periodically reviews federal programs for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The district was last monitored during the 2014-2015 school year.
Last Modified on December 21, 2016