|Halloween- Hoboken NJ|
This is the fifth consecutive year the district has failed QSAC (receiving a score below 80) in INSTRUCTION AND PROGRAM.
Other than the safety and well being of children, there is no other priority more important to a school district than curriculum, instruction and subsequent student learning. Athletics, clubs, facilities, governance, benefits, salaries, budgets while all important take a back seat to safety and well being of the children and of learning, instruction, and curriculum.
As many of us know, it is easy to say something is improving. It is much more challenging to see evidence of improvement by independent, 3rd party, objective evaluations by unbiased entities. Multiple years of consecutive failure to pass the DPR in Instruction and Program by earning a score of 80 or better is not necessarily progress...especially in light of the fact that the district scored an 87 under previous Board and district leadership in Curriculum and Instruction. The DPR in INSTRUCTION and PROGRAM did go up 1% this past year with is positive and has shown progress since the 45% in August of 2014 but is still a long way from the 87% received after the first full comprehensive review after completion of the Hoboken Curriculum Project by over 80 teachers and staff under my leadership. Hopefully, the Board will be able to get these scores back to passing sometime in the near future. In the meantime, its important for the public to be aware of these QSAC scores.
** QSAC DPR assessment in INSTRUCTION AND PROGRAM under current Board majority.
Score >80 = PASSED*
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What is most distressing is that it wasn't that long ago, under different Board and District leadership, that the Hoboken School District scored an 87 on the QSAC DPR for INSTRUCTION AND PROGRAM. Despite proclamations that the school district is "improving" or statements that Kids First/Reach Higher Hoboken inherited a failing district-- the reality is that much of the gains in instruction and program that were achieved and independently verified by the State of New Jersey have eroded...reaching as low as 45 in the spring of 2014. Poor leadership, 7 superintendents in 6 years, 5 high school principals in the same period of time, multiple district configurations, and numerous other principals and administrators during the Kids First/Reach Higher Hoboken/Forward Progress leadership (2009-present) have taken a toll.
The ongoing failure of QSAC DPR in INSTRUCTION AND PROGRAM is a contributing factor to the district receiving the designation of a "District in Need of Improvement" in November of 2011. Whether the continued failing scores in INSTRUCTION AND PROGRAM are related to the district's violence and vandalism rates, or other factors is open to discussion and interpretation. -Dr. Petrosino