NCLB is a Federal law which impacts all New Jersey schools. The main purpose is to assure that children in all schools have an equal opportunity to achieve. To assure this, the law provides for testing by the state in grades 3 through 8, and in grades 10 to 12. The law also provides for assurance of teacher quality, and that programs used in the schools are research-based proven methods and strategies.
Highly Qualified Teacher Requirements
The requirement criteria as downloaded from the New Jersey State Department of Education. Click here to view NCLB Letter.
The following is a brief outline of some main provisions of the law:
Testing and Accountability
State tests are administered every year in the spring for grades 3 through 8 and in the fall for students in High School. The goal is for all students to be assessed. Students with disabilities or with Limited English Proficiency are also assessed with accommodation or an Alternative Proficiency Assessment (A.P.A.). Students who have been enrolled for less than one school year will not be included in the accountability process.
Student progress is measured each year. Schools are held accountable according to annual yearly progress (AYP). Benchmarks were established in 2003 for Language Arts Literacy and Math for the 4th, 8th, and 11th grades. These benchmarks are raised each year. A requirement of 100% passing is expected to be reached in 2014.
Researched-Based Methods and Practices
Any school using Title I funding must have research-based, approved practices, such as Differentiated Instruction, DIBELS in Primary Grades, or Junior Great Books. Logan Township School District uses only programs based on such research and which are aligned to the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS). http://www.state.nj.us/education/cccs/
One major component of the NCLB law is based on research showing teachers" mastery of the academic content they teach being critical to engage students and is a major factor in providing student achievement. Title I funds require that all teachers of core academic subjects meet the criteria to be highly qualified. All information on teacher qualifications in the Logan Township School District are available to the public through the Office of the Superintendent, extension 510.
The NCLB provides Title funding which helps to support a variety of programs at Logan. Money from these funds go toward basic skills programs, after school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment activities for students, and staff development for teachers.
Title I Notifications
Last Modified on January 12, 2012