The Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA) was passed in December 2015 with bipartisan congressional support. It replaced the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2002 and reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. Despite some key changes in the law, the purpose remains the same: to ensure all students have equitable access to high-quality educational resources and opportunities and to close educational achievement gaps.
NJ’s Consolidated State ESSA Implementation Plan (state plan) under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA), describes some of the NJDOE broader work to ensure all students are able to graduate high school ready for college and career. In fact, funding from ESSA is intended to support programs, services and activities that are supplemental to the work states are already doing on behalf of students.Our State Plan Includes Goals under three areas:
NJ’s goal: By 2030, at least 80% of all students and at least 80% of each subgroup of a student in each tested grade will meet or exceed grade-level expectations on the statewide ELA and Math assessments.
In addition to this long-term goal, NJ plans to track the growth of students across all levels of performance by setting two additional goals:
100% of all students will be approaching, meeting or exceeding expectations (Levels 3, 4, 5) on the PARCC by 2030.
20% of all students and subgroups will be exceeding expectations (Level 5) in 2030.
NJ’s goal: By 2030, based on the adjusted cohort graduation rate methodology:
95% of all students and each subgroup of students will graduate within four years of entering 9th grade.
96% of all students and each subgroup of students will graduate within five years of entering 9th grade.
English Language Proficiency:
NJ’s model, which was developed with significant stakeholder input, also uses a five-year maximum timeframe for English learners to meet the ELP cut score, and supports equal intervals of growth as recommended in the report.
Goals will be that by 2023, 86% of English learners in each school will make expected annual progress toward attaining English language proficiency. All interim targets will be based on baseline growth data.Below is a list of Jefferson's most current reports: