CAMDEN, NJ— More Camden students are graduating high school and enrolling in college, according to new data from the New Jersey Department of Education [DOE].

Last week, the DOE released its School Performance Reports for the 2017-2018 school year.

The reports assign a numerical grade from 1 to 100 to each public school in the state based on a number of indicators, such as four-year graduation rate and five-year graduation rate for high schools; English language arts/literacy [ELA] proficiency and math proficiency for both high schools and elementary schools; and ELA growth and Math growth for elementary schools.

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The scores are used by the state to determine which schools are in need of the most support and intervention. Schools that score in the bottom 5 percent or with a four-year graduation rate of 67 percent or less are identified as requiring comprehensive support and Improvement.

This year, the reports also included data staff demographics, discipline in the school, progress toward English language proficiency, college and career readiness and dual enrollment coursework.

Here’s how Camden high schools performed:

  • Brimm Medical Arts High School: 58.85, ranked in the state’s 60th percentile
  • Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy: 45.46, ranked the state’s 47th percentile
  • Camden Big Picture Learning Academy: 23, ranked in the state’s fourth percentile
  • Woodrow Wilson High School: 1.91, ranked in the bottom five percent of schools in the state
  • Camden High School: 1.48, ranked in the bottom five percent of schools in the state

The state identified both Woodrow Wilson High School and Camden High School as schools that require comprehensive support from the state next year.

Graduation rates for three of the five high schools went up from last year, according to the reports. Camden Big Picture Learning Academy had the largest jump, from 73 percent to 88 percent. Camden High School also saw an increase, from 53 percent to 61 percent, and Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy’s graduation rate increased from 91 percent to 98 percent.

Both Brimm Medical Arts High School and Woodrow Wilson High School saw small drops in their graduation rates, Brimm down to 96 percent from 100 percent and Woodrow Wilson down to 60 percent from 66 percent.

Here’s the percentage of students who graduated last year that are in enrolled in college [state average is 77.9 percent], where four out of the five high schools saw an increase in college enrollment:

  • Brimm Medical Arts High School: 74.4 percent, up from 89 percent last year
  • Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy: 75.9 percent, up from 69 percent last year
  • Camden Big Picture Learning Academy: 64.3 percent, down from 81 percent last year
  • Woodrow Wilson High School: 31.9 percent, up from 30 percent last year
  • Camden High School: 36.5 percent, up from 33 percent last year

Officials from the Camden City School District could not be reached for comment.

To see both a summary report, and the full New Jersey School Performance Report for both the Camden City School District and individual schools, visit https://rc.doe.state.nj.us/.

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