About Optional Submissions
Optional Submissions empower LEAs to conduct advanced analytics by uploading additional local data elements that can be accessed through District Reports. Optional Submission sets include: Discipline, Program Enrollment, and Credits Earned.
Why were the Optional Submissions developed?
NJ SMART has worked closely with New Jersey pilot districts and focus groups to ensure District Reports designed were useful and valuable. The most common feedback received was a strong need and desire for LEAs to be able to include additional data in the reports for further analysis. As a result, additional data elements were identified to establish a more complete picture of student achievement. These data elements are captured in Optional Submission and will appear in Districts Reports for any district that has uploaded records for these data elements and enabled the Optional Submission checkbox within District Reports.
Keep in mind that users can append, amend, and refresh this data for the current school year and past school years as many times as they'd like at any time during the year. Any data submitted will be available for local analytics only; it will not be released to the NJ DOE.
What Optional Submissions and data elements are available for upload?
Discipline Data – Upload discipline-related information for your students that can be accessed and analyzed through the District Reports. Answer questions such as, "What are the characteristics of students who are being suspended in/out-of school?", and "How is suspension related to student performance on state assessments?" Available data elements include:
- Days Suspended Out of School
- Days in House Suspension
Program Enrollment Data – Upload program enrollment related information for your students that can be accessed and analyzed through the District Reports. Answer questions such as, "What are the characteristics of students who enrolled in different programs offered in the district?", "Are there correlations between participation in a specific district program and performance on state assessments?", and "Are students in specific programs increasing, decreasing, or staying the same on state assessment performance over time?" Available data elements include:
- Program Description
- Program Code
- Service Intensity
- Program Entry Date
- Program Exit Date
Credits Earned Data – Upload credits earned and GPA-related information for your students that can be accessed and analyzed through the District Reports. Answer questions such as, "What are the characteristics of my students who are on/off track in accumulating high school credits?", "Which students are at risk of not graduating because of low credits?", and "How do students' GPAs correlate to state assessment performance?" Available data elements include:
- Cumulative High School Credits
- Cumulative High School Credits
- High School GPA Basis
- Cumulative High School GPA
- Cumulative Weighted High School GPA
The Optional Submission Student Data Handbook, which contains detailed descriptions of all data elements, and the three separate file templates for Discipline, Program Enrollment, and Credits Earned are now available in the Documents for Downloads page.