An executive order issued by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie earlier this week creates the New Jersey Education Transformation Task Force. The task force is charged with reviewing all current administrative rules that relate to public education, evaluating the extent to which the regs improve: (1) the quality of instruction; (2) students' academic achievement; (3) teacher effectiveness; and (4) student safety and well-being. The task force must also review the state's accountability systems and related incentive structures.
The task force is directed to prepare an initial report by August 15 for the governor, identifying all statutes and regulations that are overly prescriptive. The report must also provide recommendations on a revised accountability system to grant schools and districts greater autonomy while retaining strong accountability related to student performance, safety and fiscal responsibility. The final report is due by December 31, 2011.
According to an article on NJ.Com, the governor hopes the effort will encourage local innovation.