The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has posted school and district Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) grades as stated in the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act. These grades were determined by a district self-assessment released by the New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner.
Beginning with the September 2011-2012 school year, the Montgomery Township School District has conscientiously implemented the requirements found in the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act. During the years of implementation of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, the District has made progress in addressing and improving harassment, intimidation and bullying education, training, and programs, and school climate and culture.
Under the Commissioner’s Program, the school grade is a raw score of data and the sum of the ratings on the School Self-Assessment (e.g., 65 of 78 points). The maximum total score for a school is 78 points. A 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.
School districts and schools must post the exact grade reports issued by the NJDOE without making any alternations to the PDF document to fulfill its responsibilities for posting the grades to the school district and school’s websites.
Montgomery Township School District’s HIB Self-Assessment grade is 73/78 points for the 2015-2016 school year.
The Core Elements of the HIB Self-Assessment are as follows:
In order to foster safe and positive learning conditions for students, the school and district grades are part of an integrated process for reinforcing and strengthening a school’s climate and culture through prevention and intervention efforts targeted toward harassment, intimidation, and bullying (HIB). District and school staff will use the data to educate staff and the community about current school practices and engage them in identifying and addressing areas for improvement.