Sunday, September 5, 2010

2009-2010 NJ QSAC Report- Letter in the Hoboken Reporter

The following letter appeared in the Hoboken Reporter on Saturday, August 28, 2010. Please click here for an explanation of the previous 2007, 2008, and 2009 QSAC scores for the Hoboken School District. I have included the April 2010 QSAC Report referenced in the 8/28/10 letter at the end of this post. A great, objective assessment of the Hoboken School District "BC" -Dr. Petrosino

In April 2008, the Department of Education for the State of New Jersey issued an evaluation of the Hoboken City School District pursuant to the requirements of the New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC), N.J.A.C. 6A:30 et seq. QSAC is an objective, apolitical assessment by the State of New Jersey concerning the quality of a school district. At that time, Hoboken was placed on a continuum in each of the following areas or district performance reviews (DPR): instruction and program (34%), fiscal management (41%), operations (83%), personnel (80%), and governance (33%). 80% is considered acceptable. Following the initial evaluation, the district developed an improvement plan, which was approved in October 2008. In April 2009 staff from the Hudson County Office of Education conducted a six-month review of the district's progress toward addressing the missed indicators. The six-month review scores for the district was again reported along a continuum in each of the DPR's, specifically: instruction and program (54%), fiscal management (70%), operations (83%), personnel (80%), and governance (66%).

Throughout the summer of 2009 work on the instruction and program DPR was conducted by the Hoboken Curriculum Committee and included the creation of district wide tests, curricula alignment with state and national standards, utilization of a nationally recognized curricula framework- "Understanding by Design" and the creation of a Curriculum Implementation Plan. This was all well documented and archived on the Hoboken Curriculum Project blog (a.k.a. Dr. Petrosino's Education Project). Finally, in April 2010, New Jersey Commissioner of Education Bret Schundler reported the second interim review placement score for the district as: instruction and program (87%), fiscal management (65%), operations (83%), personnel (80%), and governance (89%).

The advances achieved for QSAC were not easy, trivial, nor permanent. Hard work is needed in order to secure advances already realized and due diligence is needed in order to continue the upward trajectory of the district. Recognition must be given to the many central office administrators, district support staff, school principals, and classroom teachers who made the improvement of our district a reality- many of whom retired this spring. Thank you to all of you.

The 2008-2010 QSAC data shows clearly and objectively that the overwhelming majority of the quality improvement in the Hoboken public schools took place under the initiatives begun during the previous district level administration and the previous Board of Education leadership.