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  • NJ A3521
  • Establishes pilot program in DOE to provide supplemental reading instruction to students in grades K through 3.
Introduced
(4/4/2016)
In Committee
(6/5/2017)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill directs the Commissioner of Education to establish a three-year public school district pilot program to provide supplemental reading instruction to students enrolled in grades K through 3 in select districts. The goal of the pilot program is to improve students' literacy skills through the provision of an after school program that uses a combination of targeted software and traditional learning methods. Because a strong foundation in literacy is required for continued learning in all subjects, it is imperative that immediate and decisive action be taken to improve early childhood literacy rates. A school district which wants to participate in the pilot program may submit an application to the commissioner in accordance with the bill's provisions. The commissioner will select up to 12 school districts for participation in the pilot program. The commissioner must select districts in which more than 80% of third grade students did not meet expectations on the most recent administration of the State assessment in English Language Arts/Literacy. The bill directs the commissioner to identify and distribute to all pilot districts a list of supplemental reading instruction software programs that have been approved for use in the after school program. The commissioner must select programs that meet criteria set forth in the bill's provisions. Under the bill, each pilot district must provide an after school learning program to students enrolled in grades kindergarten through 3 at no cost to the students. The pilot district must use one or more of the software programs approved by the commissioner. The pilot district must ensure that: · the after school portion of the school day aligns with the students' ongoing curriculum; · each classroom has no more than 30 students; · each classroom includes at least one appropriately certified teacher and one classroom aide; and · each student is able to use the software program for the minimum minutes each day as recommended by the software provider with the remainder of the after school portion of the day being used for direct traditional instruction by the teacher. Each pilot district must report to the commissioner at the mid-point and at the end of each program year, and at such other times as the commissioner may direct, on student usage and outcomes as set forth in the bill's provisions. Each pilot district will be eligible to receive State support, as needed and determined by the commissioner, to implement the pilot program. State support may be provided for costs associated with: the purchase of approved software programs; the employment of after school program staff; the training of program staff in the use of the software; and any technology upgrades that may be necessary for the implementation of the program. The commissioner is directed to conduct regular site visits to monitor the programs and to annually review the pilot districts' progress in implementing the after school program. The commissioner is directed to compare the number and percentage of students who did not meet expectations in grade 3 on the most recent administration of the State assessment in English Language Arts/Literacy from the scores of the previous year. No later than June 30 of the third school year following the establishment of the pilot program, the commissioner will submit to the Governor and the Legislature a report that evaluates the effectiveness of the pilot program in increasing student achievement in language arts. The report will include a recommendation on the advisability of the program's continuation and extension to additional school districts.
Education
  (on 1/1/1900)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
6/5/2017 A Reported out of Asm. Comm. with Amendments, and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
6/5/2017 Assembly Education Hearing (19:00 6/5/2017 )
4/4/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/5/2017 Assembly Education Committee: Reported with Amendments 10 0 1