EMBARGOED UNTIL: 5:00 p.m., January 31, 2003
New Jersey Department of Education Submits to US DOE
Preliminary Consolidated State Application Accountability Workbook
Under Federal No Child Left Behind Act
The New Jersey Department of Education today submitted to federal education officials the states preliminary Consolidated State Application Accountability Workbook describing its planned compliance with the one-year-old No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act.
The preliminary plan, which was due to the U.S. Department of Education today, provides detailed information on New Jerseys planned implementation of the critical elements required for approval of the states single accountability system. States that fail to meet deadlines risk losing federal education money.
Gloria Hancock, the departments Chief of Staff who is overseeing the department-wide implementation of NCLB, said New Jersey will ensure that the single accountability system is designed to measure student academic performance in all schools so that no child is left behind.
The preliminary plan was framed by four over-arching goals:
Federal requirements mandated 10 required elements for the single accountability system. The preliminary plan addressed them in a series of critical elements. The states plan:
The starting points for the 2002-03 school year are:
Grade 4: Language arts literacy (LAL) 68%, math 53%
Grade 8 LAL 58%, Math 39%;
Grade 11 LAL 73%, MATH 55%
"While the proposed starting points for calculating whether a school has demonstrated adequate yearly progress and annual state objectives are lower than the current 75 percent and 85 percent standard pass rates for a school, the assessment system required as a result of NCLB now includes students with disabilities and limited English proficient students, two subgroups that were previously not included," Ms. Hancock said.
Ms. Hancock said that the scores that each student must attain on each of the three statewide assessments in order to demonstrate proficiency has not been lowered. The standard for student proficiency remains that same.
Following a review of the preliminary plan by the US DOE, the state will enter phase three in which a peer review process begins where federal monitors visit the state. This process entails negotiations and exchanges with New Jersey education officials.