October 10, 2012 at 11:22 PM
WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange Board of Education met on Monday night and provided the public with the much-anticipated standardized test scores. The meeting featured a PowerPoint presentation of the results of the various grade levels that took standardized tests.
Before the presentation, Interim Superintendent James O’Neill felt it necessary to point out that the test results do not solely reflect the education level of the students. The full presentation of the test scores will be available on the West Orange Board of Education website which displays the percentage rate of passing students in various sub-groups.
The overall results of the NJASK for students at the fourth grade level showed a 70 percent passing rate on the language arts section and an 86 percent passing rate on the math section. Both of these rates surpassed the District Factor Group (DFG) and state average in almost all of the sub-groups. The eighth grade test results for both the language arts and math were lower in comparison to the DFG. Middle school math proved to be a key focus area for the board as West Orange’s scores were significantly lower in that category. The results for the 11th grade HSPA were higher than last year’s scores with a language arts percentage rate of passing of 90 percent and a rate of 75 percent for the math section.
Due to these recent tests scores Edison Middle School became one of 183 middle schools that have been categorized as a focus school. The reason for the school’s classification as a focus school can be heavily attributed to an imbalance between two specific sub-groups: the Asian sub-group and the special education/economically disadvantaged sub-group. During the presentation, it was said that had Edison Middle School been a multiple grade school there is a good chance that it would not be considered a focus school.
During the conclusion of the meeting, two West Orange residents brought up a public safety issue regarding Edison Middle School late buses. In a specified case, one of the buses dropped off a student up to 10 blocks away from the assigned bus stop. The main problem with the buses can be a result of the drivers not knowing their routes. The issue was acknowledged by the board members as a priority to ensure the safety of all West Orange students.
In order to raise awareness for Breast Cancer awareness month, West Orange high school has displayed pink ribbons around the school. Another upcoming event for West Orange High School includes a food drive hosted by the ESL club. Also, Roosevelt Middle School will be holding a clothing drive which will consist of men’s clothing, women’s clothing and toys.
The next Board of Education meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 22 at 6p.m.