NJ's Instructional Improvement System
In 2014, the New Jersey Department of Education launched an Instructional Improvement System called edConnectNJ. edConnectNJ is a tool that that supports data-driven education by integrating assessment, data management, instructional support resources and curriculum and planning. The program is available at no-cost to all districts in NJ through June 30, 2016. For details, please click on the Resources tab to the left and click into Overview and Funding.
In March 2016 edConnect added TestNav8 as a tool on the platform. edConnect districts are now formatively assessing students in the same high-stakes test tunnel as PARCC. It is a welcomed and valuable tool for practice and preparation.
The DOE has added additional staffing to the IIS team this past year. edConnectNJ users now have four devoted staff, two 100% field-based. Our field managers engage in the implementation process the moment a district shows interest, and when a district chooses to implement, our field managers are a direct contact and line of support.
As of March 2016, close to 50 New Jersey districts have committed to using the edConnectNJ system and are finding great value in the tool. As we enter 16-17 our focus is on refinement, with both the State and LEAs working together to add CCSS aligned content (items, assessments, lesson plans, resources, etc.) that can be shared across the platform with all participants.
For more information on how to get started with edConnectNJ in your district, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org