The New Jersey Department of Education Seeks Public Input on
Implementation of ESSA, the Every Student Succeeds Act
Sept. 6, 2016; Trenton, NJ -
The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is seeking input from
all members of our school communities about how New Jersey will
implement provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
As one of many ways it will engage with the public over the next few
months, the NJDOE will host four regional listening sessions in
ESSA is the latest version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA),
which is the 1965 federal law designed to ensure equal educational
opportunities and access for all students. The law is periodically
reauthorized, or amended-in 2002 with the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), and again in December of 2015 with the passage of ESSA.
The federal law applies to states and school districts, and includes
requirements about how the NJDOE must report information about its
schools, assess school performance, and determine which schools need
additional support to meet students' needs. The law also establishes
how federal funding authorized in the law (over $20 billion annually) is
distributed to states and school districts.
At the four
public sessions, the NJDOE will provide an overview of provisions of
the new law, the timeline for developing the state ESSA plan and then allow an opportunity for public comment.
The public sessions will be held at the following times and locations:
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016
, from 4-6 p.m. at College of St. Elizabeth, Dolan Performance Hall in the Annunciation Center, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, NJ. Register online
Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016
, from 5-8 p.m.
at Rowan College at Gloucester County, Lecture Room 430 of the
Instructional Center Building, 1400 Tanyard Road, Sewell, NJ 08080. Register online
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016
, from 5-7 p.m. in the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools auditorium, 112 Rues Lane, East Brunswick, NJ 08816. Register online
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016
, from 7-9 p.m., in the Teaneck High School auditorium, 100 Elizabeth Avenue, Teaneck, NJ 07666. Register online
Additional information and the opportunity to participate in an online survey is provided on the NJDOE's ESSA webpage.
Individuals can contact the NJDOE with questions and comments through an online contact form
or by emailing ESSA@doe.state.nj.us