New Jersey - Equitable Discipline Practices: Program Requirements

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
Regulation
Summary: 

State law requires districts to monitor and remediate disproportionality in discipline practices within general education populations.

New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:7-1.9 Accountability

(b) Each school district shall complete a comprehensive equity plan that includes a cohesive set of policies, programs, and practices that ensure high expectations, positive achievement patterns, and equal access to education opportunity for all learners, including students and teachers.

(c) A comprehensive equity plan shall include the following:

    1. An assessment of the school district's needs for achieving equity in educational programs. The assessment shall include staffing practices, quality-of-program data, stakeholder-satisfaction data, and student assessment and behavioral data disaggregated by gender, race, ethnicity, limited English proficiency, special education, migrant, date of enrollment, student suspension, expulsion, child study team referrals, preschool-through-grade-12 promotion/retention data, preschool-through-grade-12 completion rates, and re-examination and re-evaluation of classification and placement of students in special education programs if there is overrepresentation within certain group;
    1. A description of how other Federal, State, and school district policies, programs, and practices are aligned to the comprehensive equity plan;
    1. Progress targets for closing the achievement gap;
    1. Professional development targets regarding the knowledge and skills needed to provide a thorough and efficient education as defined by the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS), differentiated instruction, and formative assessments aligned to the NJSLS and high expectations for teaching and learning; and
    1. Annual targets that address school district needs in equity in school and classroom practices and are aligned to professional development targets.

(d) The comprehensive equity plan shall be written every three years.

(e) The district board of education shall initiate the comprehensive equity plan within 60 days of its approval, and shall implement the plan in accordance with the timelines approved by the Department.

(f) If the district board of education does not implement the comprehensive equity plan within 180 days of the plan's approval date, or fails to report its progress annually, sanctions deemed to be appropriate by the Commissioner or his or her designee shall be imposed. Sanctions may include action to suspend, terminate, or refuse to award continued Federal or State financial assistance, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:55-2.

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