NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Responding to the latest state rating of New Brunswick schools, city schools Superintendent Aubrey Johnson today pointed to achievements of students on recent standardized tests that have shown higher scores in two core areas.
"Across grades, our school district’s test scores have improved during the past several years, as measured by state assessments both in English Language Arts and Mathematics,” Johnson said.
“In fact, there are several instances in which we significantly surpassed state level growth. I attribute this to our commitment to supporting our teachers with content-specific professional development and ensuring a common practice across all classrooms and grades, to support every learner," the superintendent said.
On Wednesday, the state Department of Education release ratings for public schools in all 21 counties across New Jersey, giving each school a score from 0 to 100.
Among the factors considered in reaching the scores are graduation rates, chronic absenteeism, standardized test scores and preparation of students for college. The New Brunswick Middle School, for example, received a score of 36.51, and was ranked in the 28 percentile compared with other middle schools.
In his response, Aubrey pointed out a report from last October that showed improvements in student scores on the standardized Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers - or PARCC - tests.
In the report, the city compared four years of test results, which district officials said, showed increases in the percentage of students in all grades in meeting or exceeding expected levels of in the English language arts portion of the tests.
The data also showed larger percentages of students achieving scoring above the levels expected in mathematics, officials said.
More specifically, Keira Scussa, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction said, there was significant growth was seen in grades three through six in mathematics. The test results, Scussa said, also showed progress in algebra 1 comprehension.
The report referred to the results of the most recent round of PARCC from the spring of 2018.
State education officials said the scores released on Wednesday are part of the state’s School Performance Reports for the 2017-18 school year. Officials described the reports as a tool designed to inform and empower entire communities.
The full report and more in-depth information on schools are available at the NJ School Performance Report website.