[Second Reprint]

SENATE, No. 2811

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

219th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED AUGUST 13, 2020

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  TROY SINGLETON

District 7 (Burlington)

Senator  M. TERESA RUIZ

District 29 (Essex)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senator Cryan

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires school report card to include information concerning number of mental health professionals and school safety specialists employed by each school district.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As reported by the Assembly Education Committee on June 9, 2021, with amendments.

  


An Act concerning the New Jersey School Report Card and amending P.L.1995, c.235.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    Section 3 of P.L.1995, c.235 (C.18A:7E-3) is amended to read as follows:

     3.    Report cards issued pursuant to section 2 of [this act] P.L.1995, c.235 (C.18A:7E-2) shall include, but not be limited to, the following information for:

     a.     the school district and for each school within the district, as appropriate:

     (1)   results of the elementary assessment programs;

     (2)   results of the Early Warning Test;

     (3)   results of the High School Proficiency Test;

     (4)   daily attendance records for students and professional staff;

     (5)   student graduation and dropout rates;

     (6)   annual student scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test;

     (7)   total student enrollment, percentage of limited English proficient students, percentage of students in advanced placement courses, and any other school characteristics which the commissioner deems appropriate;

     (8)   instructional resources including teacher/student ratio, average class size and amount of instructional time per day, as calculated by formulas specified by the commissioner;

     (9)   a written narrative by the school principal or a designee which describes any special achievements, events, problems or initiatives of the school or district;

     (10)    data identifying the number and nature of all reports of harassment, intimidation, or bullying;

     (11)    indicators of student career readiness;

     (12)    the number and percentage of students who were chronically absent, as defined in rules and regulations promulgated by the Commissioner of Education within 90 days of the effective date of P.L.2018, c.23 (C.18A:38-25.1 et al.), including the number and percentage of students who were chronically absent disaggregated by multiple student subgroups to be determined by the commissioner; [and]

     (13)    the number and percentage of students who received a disciplinary suspension;

     (14)    the number of school psychologists1, school counselors, social workers, student assistance coordinators, and other mental health professionals employed by, or under contract with, the school district to provide mental health services to students,1 and the ratio of students to 1[school psychologists] the total number of mental health professionals providing services in the school and the district1; and

     (15)    the number of school 2[security personnel, including safe schools resource officers, Class Three special law enforcement officers, and any other security officers, respectively, and the ratio of students to each category of school security personnel] safety specialists2; and

     b.    the school district, as appropriate:

     (1)   per pupil expenditures and State aid ratio;

     (2)   percent of budget allocated for salaries and benefits of administrative personnel;

     (3)   percent of budget allocated for salaries and benefits of teachers;

     (4)   percentage increase over the previous year for salaries and benefits of administrative and instructional personnel;

     (5)   the number of administrative personnel and the ratio of administrative personnel to instructional personnel;

     (6)   a profile of the most recent graduating class concerning their educational or employment plans following graduation; and

     (7)   any other information which the commissioner deems appropriate.

     For the purposes of this section, the Commissioner of Education shall establish a uniform methodology for the reporting of the data concerning administrative personnel on a full-time equivalent basis.

(cf: P.L.2018, c.23, s.1)

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately and shall first apply to the school report card issued for the first full school year following the date of enactment.