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History of the CAPA Process

CAPA was initiated during the 2003-04 academic year with an agreement between the Office of Title I and the Division of Abbott Implementation to take a unified approach in reviewing schools. The department studied various models and chose the Kentucky "scholastic audit" because of its research base and history of improving urban schools. The Kentucky scholastic audit process was adapted to meet the goals and mission of the N. J. Department of Education, particularly its work in Abbott districts.

The CAPA review is a “teaching and learning” process for district and school staff. Since the program was launched in 2004-2005, the review protocols have been updated annually based on review and analysis of current research. To date, more than 340 Title I schools have received a CAPA visit.

The CAPA Unit, which is within DOE’s Division of Student Support Services, Office of Student Achievement and Accountability, coordinates the implementation of the CAPA review, including recruitment, coordination of policies and guidelines with NCLB, collaboration with participating districts and schools and the coordination of ongoing follow-up technical assistance.