NJ Report Finds SPFHS Outpaces Peers in College and Post-Grad Preparedness, Trails Peers in Academic Achievement


TRENTON, NJ – The Department of Education this week released School Performance Reports for the 2013-14 school year and found that New Jersey’s public school system consistently ranks among the strongest in the nation. According to the report, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School's academic performance is high when compared to schools across the state. 

When compared to its peers and to schools across the state, SPFHS's college and career readiness ranking is high, as is the school's graduation and postsecondary performance. (Peer schools are defined as schools that have similar grade levels and students with similar demographic characteristics, such as the percentage of students qualifying for Free/Reduced Lunch, Limited English Proficiency or Special Education programs.)

Overall, Scotch Plains-Fanwood outperforms 78% of schools statewide and 64% of "peer" schools in College and Career Readiness. It also outperforms 74% of schools statewide and 64% of "peer" schools in the Graduation and Post-Secondary performance category.

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However, in the Academic Achievement measurement, SPFHS outperforms 69% of schools statewide, and only 34% of schools educating students with similar demographic characteristics. Such "peer" schools include:

  • Clark (Arthur L. Johnson)
  • New Providence,
  • North Warren Regional,
  • Bridgewater-Raritan,
  • Madison,
  • Middletown,
  • Millburn.

“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 NJ Education Commissioner David C. Hespe. “The extensive information in the reports also provide  parents with meaningful data with which to judge how well their schools are doing in educating their children.”

This is the third year the Department has issued its School Performance Reports. Click here to read the full Scotch Plains Fanwood High School report.


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