The Performance Framework sets clear expectations for schools and allows the NJDOE to address the following questions:
- Is the academic program a success?
- Is the school financially viable?
- Is the school equitable and organizationally sound? (The Organizational Performance Framework was revised in August 2015.)
Within the Performance Framework, the academic component carries the most weight in decisions including expansion, renewal, replication and revocation. The academic component includes, but is not limited to, measures of: student growth; student achievement; high school graduation rate; leading indicators of school success, such as attendance; and all state and federal accountability requirements. Measures of student growth, student achievement, graduation rate, and leading indicators are evaluated relative to: statewide results, primary sending district results, and results of similar schools.
Criteria for the organizational component consist of, but are not limited to, compliance with statutory requirements in N.J.S.A. 18A:36A-1 et seq. and all applicable statutes in Title 18A, and regulatory requirements that ensure equitable access, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:7, Managing for Equality and Equity in Education, and 6A:11-4.12, Equity in education; and safe and secure learning environments, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16, Programs to Support Student Services.
Criteria for the financial component include, but are not limited to: the generally accepted accounting principles set forth in N.J.A.C. 6A:23A, Fiscal Accountability, Efficiency and Budgeting Procedures, and indicators of near- and long-term viability.