WESTFIELD, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Education released its School Performance Reports for 2011-2012 on April 10. The methodology for these reports differs from what was used for the School Report Cards issued in the past.
The new system goes from classifying students in District Factor Grouping to Peer Group Ranks. Peer schools are schools that have similar grade levels and students with similar demographic characteristics, such as the percentage of students qualifying for free/reduced lunch, limited English proficiency programs or special education programs.
At the Westfield Board of Education Meeting April 9, members of the board found the new ranking system “puzzling.” (Click here to read our coverage of that meeting.)
Throughout most of the reports on Westfield’s public elementary schools, intermediate schools and Westfield High School, individual school performances were reported as high or very high when compared across the state and with peers for academic performance, college and career readiness and student growth performance. But there were some exceptions.
At Jefferson Elementary, academic performance was found lagging in comparison with its peers.
Roosevelt Intermediate’s college and career readiness was about average when compared to schools across the state, and lagging in comparison with its peers. Its student growth performance was about average when compared to schools across the state and lagging in comparison to its peers.
Edison Intermediate School’s college and career readiness was about average when compared to schools around the state and lagging in comparison to its peers. Its student growth performance was high when compared to schools across the state, but lagging in comparison to its peers.
Washington Elementary’s academic performance was very high when compared to other schools across the state, but still lagged in comparison to its peers.
Westfield High School’s academic performance is high when compared to schools across the state, and about average when compared to its peers.
In a message from Superintendent Margaret Dolan that accompanied the reports, she said that 95 percent of Westfield High school students who graduated in 2012 were continuing their education. She also noted that, among the 328 public high schools in the state, Westfield High School ranked 17th statewide in combined SAT scores, with 57 perfect SAT scores achieved. WHS also ranked 12th statewide in the highest category of scores on the state assessment in language arts, and 13th in the highest category on the state mathematics test.
To view the full reports, click here.