WOOD-RIDGE, NJ  -- After the student presentations, the Wood-Ridge Board of Education proceeded with its regular business at the February 24 meeting.

Superintendent of School Nicholas Cipriano gave the Graduation Data Report for the 2018-2019 school year. All districts are required by the New Jersey Department of Education to provide data on high school graduation which cover six key areas.

The total number of students graduated per the NJSMART Fall 2018 data snapshot was 107, and in June 2019 was 110. Cipriano explained the difference could be the students did not meet the pathways to graduation. 

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The number of students graduated under the substitute competency test process was 56, 39 for ELA and 56 for Math.  There were no students who graduated under the portfolio appeals process.

There were seven students who received  State-endorsed high school diplomas as a result of meeting any alternate requirements for graduation as specified in their IEPs.

No students were denied graduation from the 12th grade, or denied graduation solely because of failure to pass assessments, substitute competency test or the portfolio appeals process.

(Editor's Note: Due to technical difficulties, the PowerPoint presentation was not shown during the meeting. TAPinto has included it in the photo gallery above.)

Keith Lisa, Wood-Ridge Intermediate School principal, reported on the Student Safety Data System with numbers for the first half of the year, running from September 1 through December 31.  The SSDS collects incidents of violence, vandalism, weapons, substance use, and harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB.) Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, the School Performance Reports also include suspensions, expulsions, transfers, police notifications and arrests, which are reported to the New Jersey Department of Education. The numbers are reported by school and incident:

Catherine E. Doyle School: 0 incidents of violence/vandalism, 0 alleged or confirmed HIBs;

Wood-Ridge Intermediate School: 2 alleged non-confirmed HIBs;

High School: 36 incidents, 3 for Violence, 1 for Substance possession and/or usage; 30 for non-specific incidents leading to suspension, which may include Internet violations, cellphone usage, class cuts, etc.; 2 HIBs, all non-confirmed.

Lisa pointed out that the 2019 number was down from 53 the previous year. 



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