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Originally enacted by the New Jersey Legislature in 2005 and revised over the years, New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC) is an evaluation system created to ensure that districts are providing a thorough and efficient education to all students. NJQSAC also provides guidelines for initiating or withdrawing from partial or full state intervention. It includes quality performance indicators in five key component areas:
- Instruction and program
- Fiscal management
If a district does not satisfy at least 80 percent of the weighted quality performance indicators in one or more of the five key component areas, the district must develop a district improvement plan.
The most recent revisions to administrative code N.J.A.C. 6A:30 "Evaluation of the Performance of School Districts" were adopted by the State Board of Education in November 2017. These revisions are part of a broader NJDOE effort to clarify, simplify, and align New Jersey's accountability systems (see below), and better reflect current state initiatives, including the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, PARCC assessments, ESSA school accountability and the AchieveNJ educator evaluation system.
- Ensure that indicators are, where possible, clear, objective and measurable;
- Ensure that point values and weighting of indicators reflect state priorities in a clear and consistent manner; and
- Focus on growth and performance for all students throughout the district.
- Ensure that all accountability systems (state, local, federal) complement one another to create a cohesive set of goals for students, educators, and districts; and
- Ensure that NJQSAC overall ratings align with measures used in other accountability systems (e.g., PARCC proficiency, student growth, graduation rates)
- Reduce the number of overall indicators and further eliminate redundancy;
- Reduce the time and resources educators must dedicate to an NJQSAC visit, allowing more time to focus on instructional needs of the district; and
- Streamline compliance monitoring process and align supports.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- What are some of the major changes to the NJQSAC indicators as a result of the 2017 revisions?
- The indicators use PARCC, the state's current standardized assessment program, to measure student growth and achievement;
- District scores are based on proficiency for both total student population and subgroups of students;
- Median Student Growth Percentile (mSGP) is used to measure growth for both the total student population and student subgroups;
- Graduation rate is based on a school district's 4- and 5-year cohort graduation rate of total student population and student subgroups; and
- Implementation of staff evaluations is monitored in accordance with AchieveNJ and ensures districts provide high-quality professional development for its educators.
- What other changes will take place in NJQSAC starting in the 2018-19 school year?
- Partial monitoring of school districts will be discontinued beginning with 2018-19, and no districts will be given an extension of their required three-year monitoring cycle;
- The Statement of Assurance will no longer be part of the NJQSAC monitoring process beginning in the 2018-19 school year;
- The monitoring process (desk audit) will be remote whenever possible in an effort to reduce the burden on school districts; and
- The NJDOE will provide a NJQSAC User Manual to clarify what evidence districts may use to validate their self-assessment, creating a more transparent monitoring process. A draft of the manual is expected to be available to districts in February, 2018.
- Will there be training on the updated NJQSAC indicators and corresponding process?
- Training has already begun for the county office teams that will conduct NJQSAC monitoring.
- There will be multiple opportunities for districts undergoing NJQSAC monitoring in 2018-19 to receive training. The NJDOE will schedule regional training dates spanning late spring to late summer 2018 and will include them on the NJDOE Calendar of Events.
- County Teams will continue to provide cohort-specific training to prepare districts being monitored in 2018-19.
- Where can I find the NJQSAC indicators (revised and current)?
For questions related to NJQSAC, please email NJQSAC@NJDOE.state.nj.us.