New Jersey districts will soon post grades of their anti-bullying efforts on their websites, allowing parents to compare districts and the state to provide assistance in targeted areas.
The state designed the grading process to comply with the 2011 New Jersey Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act. Under that process, every school completed a 20-page self-evaluation, measuring its compliance with the law’s requirements, which include establishing programs to prevent harassment, intimidation, and bullying; providing staff training; and introducing student curriculum and instruction.
Each school then received a raw score of 0-75, and the state averaged the scores of every school in a district to arrive at a final district score, which must be posted online by March 18.
A version of this article appeared in the March 12, 2014 edition of Education Week as New Jersey to Grade Anti-Bullying Efforts