State considers West Milford 'high performing' district


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— West Milford schools are considered high performing, that according to the New Jersey Department of Education's Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC).

West Milford Superintendent of Schools James McLaughlin announced Tuesday night that the district received the results of the QSAC performance review. He was pleased that New Jersey's Commissioner of Education, Chris Cerf, has placed the district on a continuum in all five assessment areas - instruction and program, fiscal management, operations, personnel, and governance - based upon this review. McLaughlin said the district was required to satisfy at least 80 percent of the weighted indicators in each of those five areas.

The district scores were:
Instruction and Program 87 percent

Fiscal Management 88 percent
Governance 100 percent

Operations 100 percent
Personnel 100 percent

According to the NJ Department of Education (NJDOE) Web site, each school district and county vocational school district is required to submit a report of its progress in complying with quality performance indicators every three years, according to a schedule established by the New Jersey Commissioner of Education. The commissioner may also conduct random or immediate comprehensive reviews of each district at his discretion or if it is determined that conditions exist in a district that significantly and negatively impact the educational program or operations of the district.

The quality performance indicators that are evaluated take into consideration a school district's performance over time. Based on a district's compliance with the indicators, the commissioner assesses district capacity and effectiveness, and places the district on a “performance continuum” that determines the type and level of oversight, technical assistance and support the district receives from the State.

“As you can see, the district scored well in excess of the 80 percent criteria and the West Milford Schools received a high performing designation by Commissioner Cerf,” said McLaughlin. “These results reflect the positive and productive efforts of our district across multiple areas! Congratulations on a job well done”.

What is QSAC?

The Quality Single Accountability Continuum is the Department of Education’s monitoring and evaluation system for public school districts. The system shifts the monitoring and evaluation focus from compliance to assistance, capacity-building and improvement. It is a single comprehensive accountability system that consolidates and incorporates the monitoring requirements of applicable state laws and programs and complements federally required improvements. The system focuses on monitoring and evaluating school districts in five key components that, based on research, have been identified to be key factors in effective school districts.

Source: www.state.nj.us/education/genfo/qsac/

- Patricia Keller

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