2014-15 Barnegat School District - HIB Grades Report
Beginning with the September 2011-2012 school year, Barnegat School District has conscientiously implemented the requirements found in the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR), by complying with all parts of the act in reporting incidents of harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB), in promoting awareness about HIB to staff, students, parents and the community, and in creating a positive school climate in all of our schools.
During the first three years of implementation of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR), we have made progress in addressing and improving harassment, intimidation and bullying within our schools. This is primarily through our swift reporting procedures, the communication of our anti-bullying coordinators, school safety teams, administration and staff, and especially through the implementation of school-based programs and initiatives to target anti-bullying behavior and to improve school climate overall.
The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) directed all school districts to assess their progress in the implementation of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR).
As explained by the NJDOE, “the school grade is a raw score of data and the sum of the ratings for all indicators within each core element on the School Self-Assessment (e.g., 65 of 78 points). The maximum total score for a school is 78 points. The school district’s grade is an average of the total scores of all schools in the school district. The department issued grade is not represented as a letter grade.”
The raw number scores are attached for public view, then, as the NJDOE directs, so that “the score for each core element must be reported as a number (e.g., 12 of 15 points for Core Element #1, 5 of 9 points for Core Element #2, etc.) and the grade must be reported as a number (e.g., the grade is 65 out of 78 points).”
The NJDOE “is not issuing any associated value or ranking for the raw and average scores. The raw and average scores reflect the school and school district’s degree of compliance with the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR), as determinedprimarily through each school’s self-assessment of its implementation of the ABR”.
The school self-assessments measured various areas of HIB policy, ranging from “HIB Programs, Approaches or Other Initiatives” to “HIB Reporting”. Below is a listing of each HIB core element, or column, on the grade report, as well as the maximum amount of points possible in that area and our school score:
HIB Programs, Approaches or Other Initiatives (Max Score: 15 points) LMDS -14
Training on BOE-Approved HIB Policy (Max Score: 9 points) LMDS - 9
Other Staff Instruction and Training Programs (Max Score: 15 points) LMDS - 11
Curriculum and Instruction on HIB and Related Information and Skills (Max Score: 6 points) LMDS - 6
HIB Personnel (Max Score: 9 points) LMDS - 8
School-Level HIB Incident Reporting Procedure (Max Score: 6 points) LMDS - 6
HIB Investigative Procedure (Max Score: 12 points) LMDS - 12
HIB Reporting (Max Score: 6 points) LMDS - 6
School Grade (Max Score: 78 points) LMDS Total - 72
While completing the Self-Assessment, our school learned that we have demonstrated strengths in the areas of our HIB reporting procedure, our investigative procedure and our communication and teamwork throughout the entire investigative and reporting process. Our other strengths are in HIB curriculum and instruction, and in the development and implementation of HIB initiatives and programs, to target bullying, harassment and intimidation, and to provide for the creation of a safe and nurturing school environment.
The Self-Assessment also helped our school to identify areas for improvement in such core elements as assessment of HIB programs, approaches or other initiatives. Another area for improvement is in Other Staff Instruction and Training Programs.
During the upcoming school year, our school district will be working towards improving training for staff as well as assessment, which will then build upon our strengths in the areas of our HIB reporting procedure, in HIB curriculum and instruction, and in the continued implementation of HIB initiatives to target bullying, harassment and intimidation, and to provide for the creation of a safe and nurturing school environment.
In addition to schools completing self-assessments of their HIB policy and implementation of the ABR, school districts must also publicize the grade reports and allow for public review. This will occur through posting and updates on our district and individual school websites, as well as at Board of Education meetings, where HIB prevention programs, approaches and other initiatives will continue to be reviewed, as required in N.J.S.A. 18A:37-17a, as well as the review of the BOE’s HIB policy, as required in N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15c. As always, students, staff, parents and community members are always welcome to share their insights, ideas and concerns with Barnegat School District personnel at any time.