Officials working on behalf of the New Jersey Department of Education will spend a day in the Ramsey school system this February, and the district is already preparing to undergo the state Quality Single Accountability Continuum, or Q-SAC, review, interim Superintendent Bruce DeYoung said at the last Board of Education meeting.
The district will be evaluated on its performance in five categories – operation, instructions and program, governance, fiscal management and personnel. The standards on which the district is judged in all of these categories are listed on the DOE website.
The first step in the review process, which happens once every three years, was submitting a self-evaluation, or District Performance Review, to the county, DeYoung said.
The district has posted a copy of the DPR it submitted to the state on its website. The document breaks down specific practices in each of the five categories and asks the district whether or not it is completing those practices in its daily operations.
According to the district’s website, “in February, a team headed by the County Executive Superintendent of Schools will visit the district to perform their assessment of the district, and compare it to the district's self-evaluation.”
According to the state, the review provides an “accountability system” that gives it a way to monitor “requirements of applicable state laws and programs and complements federally required improvements.”
DeYoung said that though this process is required only once every three years, the Ramsey school system does give to the state a yearly ‘Statement of Assurance,’ submitting that it is following all mandated standards.