Following conversations and meetings with stakeholders from across the state, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) submitted its federally required Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan that builds on New Jersey's strong education system. The ESSA state plan does not reflect all of the Department's initiatives, but represents how the NJDOE will comply with the federal law and how it intends to use ESSA funds to supplement state programs, services, and activities to benefit students.
Through the ESSA State Plan, the NJDOE has set forth policies that provide schools with the flexibility to prioritize the needs of their students, and describes how the NJDOE will ensure first that all students have equitable access to high-quality educational resources and opportunities, and second, close achievement gaps.
The NJDOE recognizes continued statewide collaboration is necessary to implement the plan. Therefore, the state is committed to ongoing engagement with stakeholders to analyze how the NJDOE's system of school accountability and supports will best meet the needs of New Jersey students.