Every Student Succeeds Act

Schools in Need of Targeted or Comprehensive Support & Improvement

 January 5, 2018

 Dear Parents and Families,

 Our school district was recently notified by the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) that several district schools have been identified as schools in need of comprehensive or targeted support and improvement. 

Expectations for a high-quality education are outlined in the federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and in New Jersey’s corresponding state plan, which was developed in collaboration with parents, educators and broader community members throughout New Jersey. This state plan describes how the NJDOE must identify schools most in need of improvement and then work with the district to support schools so that each and every child can learn and thrive in the school community. 

New Jersey, including Camden, holds all of its schools to a high standard of performance so that your child, and every child, receives the best education available. Our district and school educators and administrators remain committed to working with parents and the community to help all of our students achieve success both inside and outside of the classroom.

In the coming months, we will work as a community to look in-depth at the academic results of our students and, together with the input we gather from our educators and families, we will build a plan with specific student goals, action steps and timelines for improvement. This gives us a critical opportunity to utilize the resources we have at school, at home and within our community to address the needs of our students along with the needs of our educators and families who support them.

The NJDOE and CCSD remains committed to supporting our school community as we improve outcomes for our students.   Specifically, the NJDOE will support us as we work with parents, families, teachers, and community groups to identify our needs. This partnership will help determine important strategies for improvement, and together we can create plans to improve.

See below for a one-page overview of New Jersey’s process for identifying a school for improvement; this information may help answer some of your immediate questions. I encourage you to learn more about the Every Student Succeeds Act by visiting the NJDOE’s website at www.state.nj.us/education/ESSA; in addition, the NJDOE homepage www.state.nj.us/education provides links to other useful education information in the state of New Jersey.

You have our commitment, and that of all of our District educators, that the improvement status of our schools will provide an opportunity for us as a community, to define our expectations for our students and to provide your child with the best opportunities to learn, grow, and succeed. 

Thank you for your continued support as we take additional steps to make positive changes in your child’s education. 


Katrina McCombs
Deputy Superintendent

 Family Friendly ESSA Overview.pdf

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