We are a non-profit professional association organized in 1958 for school psychologists working or living in New Jersey.
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Advocate for all children to realize their full potential
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The New Jersey Department of Education offered the opportunity for the public to provide input on the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), as New Jersey develops it's ESSA state implementation plan. Throughout September the New Jersey Department of Education held several ‘Public Listening Sessions’ on implementation of the federal ‘Every Student Succeeds Act’ (ESSA). School psychologists were well represented and provided public and written testimony to the NJDOE.
Currently, school psychologists are represented on "follow up" NJDOE ESSA focus groups. We will continue to advocate for children, families and our profession as our state plans implementation of ESSA. Given current uncertainty regarding direction at the federal level following the election, the pending appointment of a new Secretary of Education, and increased power given to states, it is even more critical that Trenton hears your voice!
Why is this so important?
Click here: Why is this so important.docx
Although the public listening sessions presented by the NJDOE have already taken place, you may have a future opportunity to advocate in other settings (perhaps at a local board of education meeting). NJASP is providing guidance for you if you are unsure how this process works or what to include in your testimony. Click here for additional information, talking points, and a template. ESSA Talking Points.docx
The “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA), a federal law recently passed, will go into effect in September 2017. This law gives states more power as to how they spend their money; this flexibility offers unprecedented opportunities for schools and practitioners.
What is exciting is that this new law specifically mentions school psychologists as part of “specialized instructional support personnel” as well as, “school-based mental health service providers.” ESSA recognizes the need to provide comprehensive school psychological services to all students.
ESSA provides a clear pathway for school psychologists to go beyond their responsibilities as members of the Child Study Team and fulfill their roles as providers of comprehensive services throughout the school.
The New Jersey Association of School Psychologists (NJASP) serves and supports school psychologists across the state. NJASP will work closely with NJDOE in how ESSA is implemented.
We need your help. We are looking for input and ideas on how ESSA can empower you as a practitioner and improve your school. Please click here for more information ESSA and School Psychology.Final.pdf and an opportunity to provide your input either via email or use the discussion forum.
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You do not have to commit to attending board meetings to be involved! We welcome and encourage new voices on our many committees. Check out NJASP Committees and be part of the conversation in whatever way fits with your interests and availability.