Roxbury High School “significantly lags in comparison to its peers” when it comes to its student graduation rate, but its students are performing at a high level academically when compared to schools across New Jersey, according to a new report.
The state Department of Education’s “School Performance Report,” released today, says Roxbury High School was outperformed by 88 percent of schools with similar demographic in the “Graduation and Post-Secondary” performance area. This area of the analysis “measures the rate at which students who begin high school four years earlier graduate within four years,” according to the education department. “Also included is a measure of the rate at which students in a particular school drop out of school,” explained the DOE.
The report said Roxbury had an overall graduation rate of 94 percent in the 2013-2014 school year. While that easily met the statewide graduation rate target of 78 percent, it placed Roxbury with a “peer percentile” number of 20, meaning the school had a graduation rate higher than only 20 percent of its group of peer schools.
With a dropout rate of 1.1 percent, the school outperformed only 3 percent of the schools deemed to be peers, according to the DOE.
On the bright side, Roxbury students outperformed students from 77 percent of schools statewide. However, the academic achievement score came in at a middle-of-the-pack 55 percent when Roxbury was compared with peer schools for academic achievement. And Roxbury students outperformed only 24 percent of peer school students in a measurement of “college and career readiness,” says the report.
“Each year the School Performance Reports present information designed to give local districts a more complete snapshot of where their schools stand in terms of how well their students are moving toward college and career readiness,” said Education Commissioner David C. Hespe in a statement announcing the report. “The extensive amounts of information in the reports also provide citizens and parents with meaningful data with which to judge how well their schools are doing in educating their children.”
The school Performance reports can be seen at: http://education.state.nj.us/pr/