Department of Education Updates


NJASL has been invited to be a member of the FRS-NJ Advisory Group (Future Ready Schools).  

      Click on link for more information about the Future Ready School Initiative in NJ.


NJASL is excited to be a part of this initiative. Thanks to the NJASL members who have volunteered to be members of the various Future Ready task forces.

Department of Education Annual School Planning Process and Local Stakeholder Engagement 

         January 2018:  The NJDOE will be launching the New Jersey Annual School Planning Process replacing the former Title I School-wide Plan and School Improvement Plan for Focus and Priority schools.  Description of the Annual School Planning Process

         Additionally, the NJDOE has created a stakeholder engagement guide for districts and schools.  This guide describes the federal and state engagement requirements for all schools and districts receiving federal funds under ESSA, and it offers strategies for consulting with diverse groups of stakeholders.  Local Stakeholder Engagement under ESSA: A Guide for Districts and Schools. 


NJASL encourages its members to become part of the district and school planning committees which will create their districts and/or schools Annual School Plan. 


Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) NJ State Implementation Plan

     During the 2016-2017, NJASL participated in the engagement sessions sponsored by the NJ Department of Education on Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state implementation plan. NJASL provided input and crafted responses to the surveys to promote having certified school library media specialists. The NJ DOE sent a follow-up thank you letter to NJASL. Click on the link to read the letter.

    NJ DOE ESSA information can be found at:

    Read the NJASL testimony to the State Board of Education (January 4, 2017):

    NJASL  is continuing to participate in discussions on ESSA with the NJ DOE.

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