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North Star Appears on NJ Top 10 Lists

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North Star Appears on NJ Top 10 Lists

Top 10 Lists released for New Jersey’s top public elementary, middle and high schools
News Source: Jersey Can
Mon, 09/30/2013

Trenton, NJ - JerseyCAN: The New Jersey Campaign for Achievement Now today released school report cards for every public school in the state as well as Top 10 lists for New Jersey’s top elementary, middle and high schools.

Click here to view report cards.

“As kids start getting their report cards, it is just as important for parents to know how their schools are doing,” said JerseyCAN Executive Director Janellen Duffy. “We believe in using data to guide decision-making in education, whether it’s decisions parents are making about schools or policy decisions that are being made at the state and local level. These report cards are a tool for such data-driven decision-making primarily aimed to help parents.  They are an easy-to-use representation of the data that shows exactly how each New Jersey school is performing on key indicators that track the achievement gap.”

Schools were assessed in five areas:

  • student performance
  • subgroup performance
  • achievement gaps performance gains
  • four-year cohort high school graduation rates.

JerseyCAN’s School Report Cards are in a pilot year. Our staff will spend this year soliciting feedback from the New Jersey community about how well our report cards capture what’s happening in our public schools before we consider assigning letter grades to them in the future. Our data was calculated using data from the 2011-2012 New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) and the New Jersey High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).

Click here for the methodology.

Using the report card rankings, JerseyCAN also released Top 10 lists to highlight schools that have the highest achievement levels for low-income students, black students, Latino students and those that made the biggest gains from the previous year.

Click here to see the Top 10 lists.

“Although there is certainly more work to be done so that every single New Jersey public school serves the needs of all students, these Top 10 schools are excellent examples of how great schools—both traditional and charter—can dramatically change the lives of their students,” said Duffy. “We hope that our parent-friendly report cards and Top 10 lists, along with the wealth of in-depth information provided by the New Jersey Department of Education’s School Performance Reports, will give parents a real sense of how well students are learning at each school across the State. It is our hope that our report cards will build upon the state’s efforts to provide greater information and transparency through their school performance reports.”

Click here to see the New Jersey Department of Education’s School Performance Reports.

"JerseyCAN’s report cards are a helpful and easy tool that give parents a deeper understanding of how their neighborhood school is serving its students. We're focusing on a few key areas to allow parents to compare schools easily and then seek out more information as needed."
Ann Borowiec, JerseyCAN board member 

“It's important to know where our schools need to improve, but it's also nice to celebrate schools that are already doing an outstanding job. JerseyCAN’s report cards do both.”
Governor Tom Kean, JerseyCAN board member

For interview requests with JerseyCAN Executive Director Janellen Duffy or JerseyCAN board co-chair Governor Tom Kean, please contact Fiona Hoey at fiona.hoey@50can.org or 917-318-5799.

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About JerseyCAN: Launched in March 2013, JerseyCAN: The New Jersey Campaign for Achievement Now is the sixth state branch launched by 50CAN: The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now. 50CAN supports state campaigns in Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

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