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2021 New Jersey

PR Award #:  H323A160012
Name:  New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE)
Project Title:  Development of the New Jersey Tiered System of Support for Early Reading (NJTSS-ER)
City, State:  Trenton, NJ
Project Director:  Peggy McDonald
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Given New Jersey’s need to better identify and provide early reading intervention to students with disabilities and/or significant reading difficulties, NJDOE has prioritized the implementation of a multi-tiered system of reading supports. The purpose of this project is to build capacity to implement the New Jersey Tiered System of Support for Early Reading (NJTSS-ER) via strategic personnel development. The project will result in:  (a) increased State-, district-, and school-level leadership and high-quality professional development in NJTSS-ER; (b) increased fidelity of NJTSS-ER implementation; and (c) improved reading skills for students with disabilities and/or those requiring intervention.

Training in NJTSS-ER components will initially be provided to State-level personnel, who, with coaching, will in turn train and coach district and school teams with district-level coaches responsible for ongoing and sustainable school support in NJTSS-ER. Training will be provided to district and school teams representing 60 schools. The evaluation will investigate:  (a) the extent to which leadership and PD are provided at the State, district, and school levels; (b) the fidelity of NJTSS-ER implementation in schools; (c) early reading performance for students; and (d) the allocation of funds to ongoing technical assistance.