CAMDEN, NJ — The Camden City School District graduation rate inched upward in 2019, according to new state data, while its student growth scores improved from “below standard” in 2018 to “met standard” in 2019 in both math and English.  

The data, released by the New Jersey Department of Education Wednesday, was included in the state’s new School Performance Reports, now available for all school districts in the state.  

“The annual school performance report serves as a transparent school and district accountability resource for the school community,” said Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet. “These reports provide valuable information that can inform discussions about how to successfully meet the needs of students and help schools identify areas in need of improvement.”

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According to the state, the district went from 9,417 students in the 2017-18 school year to 7,487 from 2018-19.  The student-to-teacher ratio went from 13:1 to 9:1 and average teacher experience went from 13.5 years to 12.6 years.  

In a summary of alterations that started in the 2018-19 school year, the state said a policy change was made that no longer required students in grade 11 to take statewide assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics. 

A summary of the changes between the previous school year and the most recent one was also provided:

  • Emphasis on progress with new pages showing progress on student growth, proficiency, and graduation rates over the last three years

  • Expanded data that allows comparisons between additional student groups (e.g., gender, homeless students, students in foster care) for student growth, chronic absenteeism, graduation rates, and career and technical education program participation

  • Additional resources to help explain where sources of data and how the data is generated

  • More information including participation in computer science and information technology courses; results of the first year of the NJSLA-Science assessment that was given to fifth, eighth and 11th graders last school year; and school-level per-pupil expenditures.

The state results can be viewed here.

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