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Clark Teachers Get Good Grades in NJ Evaluations for 2013-14

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The Arthur L. Johnson High School, Clark, NJ Credits: Susan Roselli Bonnell
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Valley Road School, Clark, NJ Credits: Susan Roselli Bonnell
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A classroom at the Frank K. Hehnly Elementary School   Credits: Clark Public Schools
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Carl H. Kumpf Middle School  Credits: Susan Roselli Bonnell
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CLARK, NJ — New Jersey’s Department of Education released some information this week on school staff evaluations throughout the state for 2013-2014, though much of the data is left out, or “suppressed.”

What the NJDOE did release showed that, in schools district-wide, Clark had 102 teachers rated effective and 57 teachers rated highly effective (out of 160 total). Scores for principals, assistant principals and vice principals were not included as they numbered just 6.

Teachers in individual district schools rated as follows:

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  • Arthur L. Johnson High School:  57 effective out of 62 total
  • Carl H. Kumpf Middle School: 22 effective and 17 highly effective out of 39 total
  • Frank K. Hehnly Elementary School: 24 highly effective out of 30 total
  • Valley Road Elementary School:  17 effective and 10 highly effective out of 28 total

According to the NJDOE:

  1. Records that have n-size < 10 are suppressed, e.g., if 9 or fewer staff received a rating of Ineffective, the record will be suppressed (the record will not be part of the data file). The total will always be displayed irrespective of n-size.
  2. When one performance level is suppressed due to n-size, and all 4 performance level ratings are present, the next lowest staff count will be suppressed (record will not be part of the file), to disallow roll-up to find the rating count for the first level suppressed and thus potentially identify educator.
  3. Records with 100 percent staff in one performance level are suppressed, as per state law (since in this case, any viewer would know each educator's evaluation rating). In such cases, only the total staff count record will be provided as part of the data file.

“Evaluation data of a particular employee is confidential in accordance with the TEACHNJ Act and N.J.S.A.18A:6-120, is not to be made accessible to the public pursuant to the Open Public Records Act, and will not be released,” reads a statement on the NJDOE’s website.

To read the entire report, click here.

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