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Since 2003, schools and districts in New Jersey have been observing School Violence Awareness Week during the week beginning with the third Monday in October. Additionally, the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act requires that the week beginning with the first Monday in October be designated as a Week of Respect in New Jersey. This year, the Week of Respect is October 1-5 and the School Violence Awareness Week is October 21-25.
Week of Respect – October 1-4, 2019
This week is designated to recognize the importance of character education; schools are required to observe the week by providing age-appropriate instruction focusing on preventing harassment, intimidation or bullying (HIB).
School Violence Awareness Week – October 21-25, 2019
The purpose of this week is for all schools in New Jersey to focus on the ongoing issues of school bullying and student-to-student harassment as well as other issues connected with school violence and vandalism.
For more specific information about the measures we implement to keep our schools safe, please see the linked Safe Schools Letter 2019.
School District and School HIB Grades Required by the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act
Under the Commissioner’s Program for Determining Grades, the school grade is a raw score of data and the sum of the ratings for all indicators within each core element on the School Self-Assessment (e.g., 65 of 78 points). The maximum total score for a school is 78 points. The school district’s grade is an average of the total scores of all schools in the school district.
The NJDOE-issued grade is not represented as a letter grade; the NJDOE is not issuing any associated value or ranking for the raw and average scores. The raw and average scores reflect the school and school district’s degree of compliance with the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR), as determined primarily through each school’s self-assessment of its implementation of the ABR.
2017-2018 Student Performance Report
On March 12, 2019, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is made publically available the state's School Performance Reports for the 2017-18 school year, which include over a dozen new data elements and parent-friendly Summary Reports.
Access the reports on the NJDOE’s School Performance Report website or www.njschooldata.org. Enhancements to the 2017-18 School Performance Reports The 2017-18 reports include changes that respond to stakeholder feedback collected through a feedback survey, at parent roundtables and workshops, and from stakeholder engagement throughout the year.
These changes include:
- More informative, easier to understand one-page Summary Reports
- Additional navigation tools and an improved search page within the reports
- Emphasis on student growth with the growth section newly featured before the academic achievement section in the Detailed Reports
- More information about staff demographics, discipline, progress toward English Language Proficiency, and college and career readiness such as graduation pathways, participation in Career and Technical Education (CTE) and dual enrollment coursework.
One-Page Summary Reports
Along with the Detailed Reports, one-page Summary Reports for each school and district are available. The Summary Reports provide a high-level summary of how well a school or district is performing with data that address questions such as:
- How does our students’ growth compare to students’ growth in other districts?
- Are students at risk? • Are students graduating?
- How did students perform on assessments?
- Are students college and career ready?
- Do students have access to high-level coursework and classes in the arts?
The NJ School Performance Reports reflect the NJDOE’s extensive efforts to engage with parents, students and school communities, and share the information that is most valuable in providing a picture of overall school performance. These reports can be used to:
- Learn more about your school and district
- Start conversations with school community members and ask questions
- Engage with school communities to identify what schools are doing well and where they can improve
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Board of Education Combined Work-Session/Regular Meeting
December 19, 2019
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Board of Education Combined Work Session/Regular Meeting
May 27, 2020
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