On April 4, 2017, the New Jersey Department of Education released the state's School Performance Reports for the 2015-16 school year.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, requires states to produce annual school performance reports. New Jersey's School Performance Reports, in conjunction with federal accountability for schools under ESSA and state accountability for districts under the Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC),contribute unique sets of indicators and/or requirements that define accountability for education in New Jersey.
Changes to the School Performance Reports for the 2015-16 school year, based on feedback from educators, include:
- Faculty Attendance – All reports now include a table that shows Faculty Attendance, which represents the percentage of days the school faculty members were present during the school year.
- Chronic Absenteeism – A graph that shows Chronic Absenteeism, which is represented by the percentage of enrolled students each year who were chronically absent, is now included in high school reports.
- PSAT and ACT Performance – High school reports now include PSAT and ACT participation and performance data, whereas previous reports only included SAT test data.
- AP/IB tests – The count of all Advanced Placement (AP)/International Baccalaureate (IB) tests taken in all subjects that met or exceeded the benchmark are now included in the high school reports.
- Career and Technical Education – High school reports now include the percentage of students who are concentrating in approved Career and Technical Education programs. Concentrators are students who have completed more than one course in a program.
- Peer Schools Removed – The peer schools comparisons, which compared each school to a group of similar schools, have been removed.
- User-Friendly Data – The reports are now on a web-based interface with improved navigation.
The School Performance Reports, the interpretive guide and other supporting documents can be accessed online.