Nj school ratings 2016

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In a trendy but controversial new rating system, New Jersey education officials have for the first time assigned a score of 1 to 100 to each of the state's more than 2,000 public schools.

But if you missed the score in the state's release of annual school report cards this month, you're not alone.

That's because they were excluded from the summary reports the state encourages parents to view online, and were instead placed more than 20 pages deep into each school's detailed report. They combine standardized test results, graduation rates and chronic absenteeism.

Among the worst-rated schools was Trenton's Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, which scored a 1. Among the best schools was Jersey's City's McNair High School, which received a 97 out of 100.


Burying the simplified scores was intentional, said Pete Shulman, a former assistant education commissioner under Gov. Chris Christie. The new ratings consider important factors the state uses to determine which schools need the most help (a federal requirement), but they don't capture the complete picture of a school, Shulman said.

He compared the scores to a letter grade at the top of a student's essay, with the rest of the report card containing important context, such as a teacher's comments.

"Sometimes people would only look at the grade," Shulman said. "Those teachers' comments are really what's most important, and thats what we wanted to highlight throughout these reports."

Whether the state intended parents to see the new ratings or not, the scores are too dependent on standardized tests, said Steve Baker, spokesman for the New Jersey Education Association, the state's largest teachers union.

"To understand how a school is performing and what it needs to better serve students, we need to look at it holistically," Baker said, "not simply assign it a number that tells very little about what is actually happening in that school."

In a statement, the state Department of Education said it designed the new ratings to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act, the new federal education law that replaced No Child Left Behind.

The law requires states to "meaningfully differentiate" schools' performance based on a variety of metrics and publish that information on school report cards, said Julie Woods, a policy analyst for the Education Commission of the States, which tracks state policy.

Nationwide, 45 states and the District of Columbia use some form of summative rating, such as a 1-100 rating, A-F rating or labels like "great," "good" and "excellent," Woods said.

"Summative ratings are not required per se," Woods said. "But most states find this a simple and clear way to communicate overall school performance."

The ratings for high schools are based on PARCC proficiency, graduation rate and chronic absenteeism, defined as students who miss more than 10 percent of the school year. Elementary and middle school scores are based on PARCC proficiency, student improvement on PARCC scores and chronic absenteeism.

Use the tool below to find your school's score.

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Latest attempt to rate N.J. schools is now public

This article originally appeared on NJ Spotlight.

Grading schools is always tricky business, and the Murphy administration took a shot yesterday with the release of new School Performance Reports for 2017-2018 that again bestow a numerical grade to each school in the state.

The ratings ranged from 1 to 100 and are based on a compilation of factors for schools in each category. For elementary and middle schools, it is a combination of state test scores and progress and absenteeism rates. For high schools, graduation rates are also in the mix.


Available for individual schools and for entire districts, the 2017-2018 School Performance Reports provide a host of data on student demographics, achievement, graduation rates, staff and costs, in addition to the overall score and a rating for school.

“The School Performance Reports are a tool designed to inform and empower entire communities,” said Lamont O. Repollet, the state education commissioner. “Not only can they be utilized by parents, educators and the general public, but school leaders can use the reports to help identify areas in which they can better meet the needs of students.”

The significance of the state’s grades is debatable, as critics have maintained such numbers are a shallow gauge of a school and even state officials concede they are but one measure of true quality. Poorer, urban communities skew toward the lowest performing, and wealthier suburban ones dominate the higher grades.

A point of pride, concern, and ready comparison

Still, they are not inconsequential, as under federal rules, the state uses the measures for determining the level of state support and intervention in a school, with those in the lowest 5 percentile getting the most attention.

Either way, the state’s annual reports — required by law and dating back decades in one form or another — have become an annual point of both pride and concern in any given community, not to mention a method of ready comparison between schools.

This round of performance reports include some new features as well, seeking to address inequities and fluctuations in how schools are compared, according to the state Department of Education. And the level of detail in the latest reports runs deep; there’s a 73-page guide to explain what each category represents.

This year’s report cards are providing additional information about staff demographics, discipline, English-language proficiency, and college and career readiness. In some cases, the individual school and district reports also include videos or other information to help parents and the public understand the data.

One area in which this information is helpful is the student growth percentile (SGP), which is a measure of how much students in grades 4 through 7 or 8 learned last year in English/Language Arts Literacy and Math as measured by performance on PARCC tests. Average growth ranges between 35 percent and 65 percent, with low growth under 35 percent and high growth over 65 percent. The state median growth is 50 percent in both subjects. Also noted is whether a school or district met its targeted growth as mandated by federal law.

Across the state, some highs and lows

Hillside Elementary School in Closter scored the highest growth percentile for English, an 87. Three districts tied with the highest SGP in math, an 82: School 28 in Paterson, James Madison School #10 in Garfield and Knollwood School in Fair Haven.

The reports also include the PARCC scores for districts, schools and grade levels, which are probably more familiar to most people, particularly parents.

According to the state’s own report card, 97.3 percent of eligible students took a math test last year, with 45 percent of all types of students in all grades meeting or exceeding expected scores, which is equivalent to “passing.” At every grade level and for every type of math, including algebra and geometry, math passing rates either equaled or surpassed those scored in the previous two school years.

The English/Language Arts passing rate was 56.7 percent, with 97.35 percent of students tested. In two instances, the passing rate last year was lower than in the recent past: 58 percent of 5th graders met or exceeded expectations last year, compared with 59 percent in 2016-2017, and 39 percent of 11th graders passed in 2017-2018, also a point below the 2015-2016 passing rate.

In seven schools, all of them selective academies in county vocational districts, every student tested met or exceeded expectations on the English PARCC: two in Middlesex County, two in Morris, one in Ocean and two in Union. Three of those schools — Middlesex’s Academy of Math, Science and Engineering, Morris’ Academy for Mathematics, Science and Engineering and Ocean’s Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science — also had all students pass math tests, as did the Bergen Academies.

In terms of the summative ratings, the highest score for any school was a 97.5 for the Edward H. Bryan School in Cresskill. That put it in the 100th percentile, as were Communications High School in Monmouth County and Infinity Institute in Jersey City. The lowest score, a 1.15, was received by the Eagle Academy for Young Men of Newark, which occupied the lowest percentile, along with Camden High School and Palisades Park Jr.-Sr. High School.

NJ Spotlight included all of the above information — SGP, test scores and summative data — in our searchable database. Every district’s full report card is available on the state’s website.

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How does your child's school stack up against those in the next town over? What districts have the best teachers? Who scored the best on PARCC and other tests? And what New Jersey colleges have the best return for your investment?

Those topics are among the most-read school stories covered on Patch during 2016.

Patch covered a variety of rankings, including those by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, Forbes and Niche.com. To recap, here's a look at some of the coverage throughout 2016:

N.J.'s Best, Worst Teachers Ranked By School District In Controversial State Review

New New Jersey teacher evaluation data was released in December, and many parents and reachers didn't like it when they saw how their school district was ranked using the controversial rating system.

PARCC English Results: 371 N.J. High Schools, From Best To Worst

The second batch of results from the state's PARCC tests came out in 2016, and the data showed that many students are not yet meeting grade-level expectations.

PARCC Math Results: 389 N.J. High Schools, From Best To Worst

We have the list of high schools, from best to worst, based on the percentage of students whose spring 2016 test performances showed they are "not yet meeting expectations" in the Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II sections

8 N.J. Colleges Among Best In America, U.S. News & World Report Rankings Show

New Jersey has the best college in the nation — and seven others were listed among the best in the U.S. News & World Report 2017 rankings.

These 5 New Jersey Colleges Give You The 'Best Bang For Your Buck,' Analysis Says

You may be surprised - even shocked - to see the five N.J. colleges that give you the best bang for your buck. And they may not be cheap.

PARCC Elementary School Results: 556 Districts, Ranked Best To Worst

We have the list of districts, from best to worst, based on the percentage of third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students whose spring 2016 test performances showed they are "not yet meeting expectations" in the English/Language section.

These 100 Districts Have New Jersey's Best Teachers, New Rankings Say

According to Niche.com, the 2016 Districts with the Best Teachers ranking provides a "comprehensive assessment of the teachers of a school district.

Top 100 N.J. School Districts In 2016, Plus National Rankings

The national and state lists rank school districts based on teaching statistics and about 920,000 ratings from 240,000 students and parents.

U.S. News Ranks Top High Schools In New Jersey, Nation

Perhaps the most respected of publications that surveys top high schools in the nation came out with its 2016 list, after evaluating more than 28,000 schools to determine the highest-performing.

51 N.J. Public High Schools Rank Among Nation's Best In Newsweek's 2016 List

Newsweek's list of the best public high schools in the country includes 30 in Pennsylvania.

Top 100 N.J. Elementary Schools In 2016, And In U.S. - Is Your School Here?

Where are New Jersey's best public elementary schools? According to Niche.com, many of them are in Morris and Essex counties, but they're all over the state.

New Jersey's Best Private Schools: Top 100 For 2017

An education and real estate website has come out with a 2017 list of best private schools in New Jersey.

New Jersey's Highest And Lowest Paid Teachers By School District

See the whole list of New Jersey school districts and their 2015-16 median teacher salaries, from highest to lowest.

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Top 100 N.J. School Districts In 2016, Plus National Rankings

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Yes, New Jersey, you still have among the best schools in the country.

Niche.com has just released its 2016 list of the best school districts throughout the nation, as well as the state of New Jersey, and many schools you'll recognize received high ranks.

In addition to naming the overall best high schools, Niche.com also ranked schools with the best extracurriculars, facilities, food,sports and more.

Niche ranked thousands of districts based on dozens of statistics and 27 million opinions from 300,000 students and parents. View the full methodology here.

Here are the N.J. school districts ranked 1-100, with their national ranking in parenthesis:

  1. Princeton Public Schools (5th in U.S.)
  2. Millburn Township Schools (14th in U.S.)
  3. West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District (33rd in U.S.)
  4. Montgomery Township School District (39th in U.S.)
  5. The School District of the Chathams (41st in U.S.)
  6. Summit Public Schools (68th in U.S.)
  7. Ridgewood Public Schools (69th in U.S.)
  8. Pascack Valley Regional High School District (74th in U.S.)
  9. Livingston Public Schools (78th in U.S.)
  10. New Providence School District (81st in U.S.)
  11. Mountain Lakes School District (90th in U.S.)
  12. Bernards Township Public Schools (92nd in U.S.)
  13. East Brunswick Public Schools (96th in U.S.)
  14. West Morris Regional High School District
  15. Tenafly Public Schools
  16. South Brunswick Public Schools
  17. Moorestown Township Public School District
  18. Glen Rock Public School District
  19. Hopewell Valley Regional School District
  20. Haddonfield Public Schools
  21. Hillsborough Township Public School District
  22. Northern Valley Regional High School District
  23. North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District
  24. Somerset Hills Regional School District
  25. Randolph Township Schools
  26. Holmdel Township School District
  27. Cranford Public School District
  28. Eastern Camden County Regional School District
  29. Glen Ridge Public Schools
  30. Cresskill Public School District
  31. Robbinsville Public Schools
  32. Westfield Public Schools
  33. Lenape Regional High School District
  34. River Dell Regional School District
  35. West Essex Regional School District
  36. Edison Township Public Schools
  37. Morris School District
  38. Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District
  39. Hanover Park Regional High School District
  40. Highland Park Board of Education
  41. Metuchen Public Schools
  42. Paramus Public Schools
  43. Montclair Public Schools
  44. Southern Regional School District
  45. Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District
  46. Fair Lawn Public Schools
  47. Madison Public Schools
  48. Monroe Township Board of Education
  49. Morris Hills Regional School District
  50. Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District
  51. South Orange-Maplewood School District
  52. Point Pleasant Beach Board of Education
  53. Cherry Hill Public Schools
  54. Montville Township School District
  55. Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Schools
  56. Berkeley Heights Public Schools
  57. Ramsey Public Schools
  58. Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education
  59. Freehold Regional High School District
  60. Mahwah Township Public Schools
  61. North Star Academy Charter School of Newark
  62. Cinnaminson Township Public Schools
  63. Rancocas Valley Regional High School
  64. Washington Township Public Schools
  65. Upper Freehold Regional School District
  66. Somerville Public Schools
  67. Pompton Lakes Boro
  68. Wayne Township Public Schools
  69. Township of Ocean Schools
  70. Westwood Regional School District
  71. Kinnelon Board of Education
  72. Delsea Regional High School District
  73. Old Bridge Township School District
  74. Lawrence Township Public Schools
  75. Piscataway Township Schools
  76. Bergenfield Borough School District
  77. Weehawken Board of Education
  78. Teaneck Public School
  79. Jackson Township School District
  80. Midland Park Public Schools
  81. Leonia Public Schools
  82. West Orange Public Schools
  83. Kingsway Regional School District
  84. Ocean City School District
  85. Rutherford Public Schools
  86. Bloomfield Board of Education
  87. Caldwell-West Caldwell Public Schools
  88. Northern Burlington County Regional School District
  89. Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District
  90. East Windsor Regional School District
  91. Egg Harbor Township School District
  92. Park Ridge Public Schools
  93. Palisades Park Board of Education
  94. Kenilworth Public Schools
  95. Springfield Public Schools
  96. Waldwick School District
  97. Haddon Township School District
  98. Atlantic County Vocational School District
  99. Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District

100. Delran Township School District

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