School districts have until March 18 to post on their websites their new anti-bullying “grade” as required by the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act.

State Department of Education officials issued a statement Tuesday saying the grade is based on a 20 page self-assessment created by the state Department of Education to measure how well schools met the requirements of the new law.

Each district’s grade is a raw score ranging from 0 to 75. The grade for the school district is calculated by averaging the grades of each school in the district.

The self-assessment covered the period from Jan. 5, 2011 to June 30, 2013. Schools rated their performance in eight categories, including programs to prevent harassment, intimidation and bullying; staff training; student curriculum and instruction; proper staffing; and reporting and investigation procedures.

Each self-assessment was completed by the School Safety Team and certified by the school superintendent. Local boards of education also approved the self-assessment at a public meeting.

State officials said the department twice extended the deadline for completing the assessments to ensure 100 percent compliance by all public and charter schools. The DOE provided school and district grades to local school officials earlier this month to allow for a final review prior to the official release.

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