Dr. Kalisha Morgan, Director of Planning and Assessment of South Orange-Maplewood Schools, presented the results of the district’s annual Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR) Self-Assessment at last week’s Board of Education meeting.
Dr. Morgan noted that, although the district’s overall self-assessment and grade was lower this year, the district met or exceeded the requirements for reporting, training, programs, etc. as required by the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act.
Board member Madhu Pai asked how one would account for the “subjectivity” of some of the scores. Dr. Morgan said that since it is a self assessment, that is how principals are grading themselves.
Interim Supt. Dr. Thomas Ficarra said that he actually thought the results were more honest if principals were assessing themselves, rather than the state scoring districts.
Still, Pai said she was concerned that some scores seemed higher than they should be, and asked Dr. Ficarra and Dr. Morgan to keep their eyes out on those. Board member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad noted that recently “we have heard less about [bullying incidents] at MMS [Maplewood Middle School] than in the past. She concluded, “Even if the scores went up….across our district we know we have areas of concern.”
Watch the video of the discussion here; the discussion begins at around the 2:56 mark.