CLARK, NJ – Clark Public School District Superintendent Ed Grande discussed the district’s 2019 standardized test results during the school board’s November 4 meeting.
The district’s report of scores on the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) shows a passage rate of approximately 70% for English Language Arts (ELA) and approximately 50% on mathematics. For a student to pass the exam, they must score in Level 4 or 5 out of a possible 5. Scores of Levels 1, 2, or 3 are not considered passing.
Students in Grades 3 through 10 are tested in English Language Arts. In mathematics, exams are administered for students in Grades 3 through 8, as well as any students taking Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II.
The report compares the performance of district students with that of students across the state, and breaks down results by subject, grade level, and individual school. The district is also working on an analysis to compare Garwood and Clark students, Grande said.
Notable achievements listed in the report include:
- Positive growth noted in Levels 1 and 2 and 4 and 5 from 2017 to 2019 for both ELA and Math.
- Positive growth noted in comparison to state trends and percentages for both ELA and Math.
- 100% proficiency in middle school Geometry and 98.7% proficiency in middle school Algebra 1.
- Positive growth noted in ELA 9 & 10 and Alg. 1 & 2.
- Increase in performance of subgroups for Economic Disadvantage students in ELA and Math. Increase in performance of subgroups for Students with Disabilities in Math.
Grande identified Geometry as a main area of focus for the district.
“At the high school, the geometry is more or less of a sore thumb, somewhere that we really want to improve,” Grande said. “The Algebra I and Algebra II we saw an increase. It’s still not where we want it to be, along with the English, but the Geometry is really somewhere that we need to be following.”
The district, Grande said, is using the results of these tests to improve instruction.
“The supervisors are working closely with their teachers on areas of focus, based on the more in-depth evidence tables, which really links the test results to specific standards,” Grande said. “We try to look at 3 areas for each test which we need to improve, and focus in on that.”
Grande said other areas of improvement include updating curriculum, new learning initiatives across several grade levels, and enhancements in technology.
The full report can be viewed on the curriculum section of the district website. The district’s Virtual Parent University has also prepared a presentation explaining the NJSLA and other assessments.