NUTLEY NJ - On a ranking list recently published by NJ Monthly Magazine of 305 high schools in New Jersey, Nutley High School came at number 146. This is a move of 20 place up from 166 in 2016.

The criteria was measured based on three categories: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Outcomes.

In nearby towns, Bloomfield dropped 12 points from 259 to 271, Montclair fell 42 points from 73 to 115, Glen Ridge rose from 29 to 23, Verona rose from 94 to 24. Belleville was ranked at 291 with no data available for 2016. Across the river, Rutherford fell 26 places from 74 to 100.

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According to the methodology, data for the New Jersey Monthly ranking of the state’s high schools was obtained from the NJ Department of Education’s most recent 2016-2017 New Jersey School Performance Reports. Only public high schools were included in the rankings.

Among the 305 public high schools ranked, six were charter schools and schools lacking sufficient data were excluded.

According to the data measured by NJ Monthly, student enrollment, AP course offerings and enrollment in college after graduation were all taken into account.

The following were considered: The sum of the standardized rank scores for student/teacher ratio, number of AP and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) subjects offered, percentage of 11th- and 12th-grade students taking at least one AP or IB test in any subject, the total number of AP or IB tests taken as a percentage of total 11th- and 12th- grade students, and the percentage of students grades 9-12 taking at least one course in visual or performing arts.

According to the methodology, Grade 12 enrollment is shown in the published chart for reference, but was not factored as part of the scoring.

The report states that Nutley High School has an enrollment of 322  grade 12 students and a 13 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio. The report also stated that NHS has 23 AP/IB course offerings..

Data measured for the student performance indicators include the percentage of students scoring at or above the benchmark for the math, reading and writing SAT and the percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher on AP tests or 4 or higher on IB tests.

A final category measured for the report was the percentage of students enrolled in a two- or four-year college 16 months after high school graduation. Based on the data reported, 85.7% of NHS students continue to be enrolled in college up to 16 months after graduation. For comparison, top ranked McNair Academy in Jersey City has 89% enrolled in college after 16 months, Glen Rock, Chatham and Millburn have 88.5%, 84% and 85.5% respectively.

NJ Monthly announced that they used an independent research firm to make the determination. Leflein Associates, an independent research company in Ringwood, analyzed the data. According to the report, each category of measurement was weighted and added together to arrive at an overall score. The schools were then ranked according to that score.

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