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South Orange-Maplewood Working to Bring Curriculum Up to State Standards

From the SOMSD:

Tim Beaumont (temporarily reassigned from his role as Assistant Principal of Clinton Elementary School to Administrator on Special Assignment to the Office of Curriculum and Instruction), presented an overview of the Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC), which is the NJ Department of Education’s monitoring and evaluation system. The presentation included the results of the district’s self-assessment and plans to ensure that all areas are in brought into compliance in the areas which raised concerns during the self-assessment.

What is QSAC, how did SOMSD measure itself, and what does it all mean? Here’s an explanation Beaumont provided to the Village Green:

SOMSD conducted an internal audit of all curricula to ensure that it was in compliance with the state audit requirements (i.e. QSAC).

QSAC is a single comprehensive accountability monitoring and evaluation system. It consolidates all state laws and programs and complements Federal mandates.

QSAC is a 2-step process.  It begins with the district self-assessing on 5 facets of school management (Instruction & Program, Fiscal Management, Governance, Operations, and Personnel).  Districts then have an opportunity to reflect on their self-assessment and implement refinements in preparation for the QSAC review with the State, approximately 6 months later.

There are two main components:

  • Statements of Assurance – broad overviews
  • District performance reviews – specifics

The district’s self-assessment earned a passing score in all of the Statements of Assurance, and in all but one of the District Performance Review areas (Instruction & Program).

The review indicated that the main reason for the low score on Instruction & Program can be traced to curricula that are out of compliance with QSAC requirements.  They are out of compliance for various reasons.  Depending on the reason, they require varying degrees of remediation from minor realignments, to limited rewrites, to substantial rewrites.

Staff and supervisors are working together for the next 3 months to bring all curricula into compliance, and to lay the groundwork for a best-practice curriculum cycle to ensure long-term, ongoing compliance.

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