SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta School District has received a passing score in the district performance review for the Quality Single Accountability Continuum or QSAC, according to Assistant Superintendent Patrick McQueeney. McQueeney made the announcement at the March board of education meeting last week.
He said Sparta had received a score of 88% in instruction and program. The letter received from Paula Bloom, acting director of Office of Field Services Coordination said the results will be put on the agenda of the next New Jersey Board of Education meeting with the recommendation of the commissioner to be certified as providing a thorough and efficient system of education.
The passing scored restores the designation of a “high performing” district, according to the letter.
Sparta had failed QSAC with a score of 59% in Instruction and Program last spring. A score of 80% is required to pass.
The district lost 13 of 60 points for student achievement and growth and 28 of 40 points because of Sparta’s administrators’ failure to provide documentation that the district was following statute N.J.A.C. 6A:8 requirements that curriculum and instruction are aligned with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, World Language, Health and Physical Education, Visual and Performing Arts.
The district has been working under a District Improvement Plan to address noncompliant areas.
McQueeney said the district had been reviewed by the state on February 12. The new placement letter was received on February 27.