The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver Request required the
New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) to transition to a new accountability system that
is meant to provide a more accurate analysis of student achievement. One component of this
system is the calculation of Progress Targets for each district that participates in the state’s
assessment system. The waiver request required states to select a method for establishing
Progress Targets for each school. The Progress Target is, simply put, a six-step path towards
school improvement on state assessments. The targets are set in annual equal increments with the
purpose of achieving the goal of reaching 90% or reducing the percentage of non-proficient
students in the ‘all students’ group and in each subgroup by half.
Based on data collected since 2010, the state established yearly incremental increases expected
for each school in the district. The following schools did not meet the established targets in one
or more categories: Eisenhower Middle School, Jefferson Elementary School, Lincoln Roosevelt
Elementary School, and Nixon Elementary School. As a result, Action Plans have been
established and are posted on the school’s website as well as the district’s website. The purpose
of the Action Plan is to appropriately identify the supports and strategies required to address the
needs of the student populations that did not meet their progress targets.