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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Do You Understand the New Jersey 2011 - 2012 School Report Card?

Trenton, NJ - The Department of Education today released Report Cards for each public school in the state for the 2010-11 school year.

The Report Cards are released annually to provide user-friendly information to the public about school performance. The information in these Report Cards also provides useful data to educators and districts to help develop local improvement plans.

Based in part on these results, the Department of Education has already begun interventions in Priority Schools - the lowest-performing 5 percent of schools in the state over the past three years - with full support to begin in September through the state's new Regional Achievement Centers.

The Report Card contains information in the five areas below.
 1. School environment
 2. Student information
 3. School performance
 4. Staff information
 5. District financial data

Beginning next school year, the Department will develop and publish new school performance reports for every school in New Jersey to replace the current bifurcated School Report Card and NCLB Report Card publications.

Through these reports, the Department will set specific school and subgroup performance targets for both language arts and math, and will report annual progress towards meeting those goals. In addition, the reports will include a number of new data points including;

  •  progress towards closing achievement gaps, 
  • comparison to "peer schools" with similar demographics, 
  • growth as measured through Student Growth Percentiles on state tests over time,
  • and additional college and career readiness data points. 


These public reports will help districts and schools to:

  • engage in local performance management by setting local performance goals, 
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses, 
  • and developing local plans to focus on areas of low performances in their districts.... 

The School Report Cards for the 2010-11 school year can be found at the link below: http://education.state.nj.us/rc/rc11/ 

The full press release is here: 
http://www.state.nj.us/education/news/2012/0531rc.htm

Guide to the New Jersey Report Card 2011:
http://education.state.nj.us/rc/rc11/guide.htm