WARREN, NJ - The Warren Township School District School Performance Report was presented by Superintendent Matthew Mingle and Curriculum Coordinator William Kimmick at the last meeting of the Warren Township Board of Education.
The State Department of Education issues the School Performance Report based on PARCC test scores and other reported school data and is a tool used to analyze Warren's PARCC scores previously discussed when they were released last fall. The reports are based on year two data: 2015-2016.
Since PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) is only administered to third through eighth graders in the district and with only two years of comparative data, the district is using caution when using the results. And, PARCC testing does not test what Mingle says “what we might consider related to the whole child approach."
A difference this year, compared to years past, is that the School Performance Report doesn't have peer performance information. Mingle said, “You used to have a document that had around 30 schools that were similar to our school.That disappeared." Kimmick said," We are looking at the question of are we seeing a pattern emerge over time? ...although there are only two years of data here.”
Since some grade levels at Warren schools are small, and combined with a few students who may have opted out of taking the test, the scores may not reflect an accurate picture of a school's actual performance.Kimmick said, "it's also important to recognize that these reports are a snapshot but it doesn't tell the entire story of what’s going on in the district.”
The percentage of Warren students who met or exceeded expectations on the English and Language Arts (ELA) and Math PARCC test are as follows:
• Angelo L. Tomaso School: ELA - 76 percent met or exceeded expectations vs 71 percent last year; Math- 83 percent met or exceeded expectations vs 74 percent last year;
• Central School: ELA- 76 percent met or exceeded expectations vs 71 percent last year; Math - 74 percent met or exceeded expectations vs 68 percent last year
• Mount Horeb School: ELA- 57 percent met or exceeded expectations vs 67 percent last year; Math - 58 percent met or exceeded expectations vs 63 percent last year;
• Woodland School: ELA- 80 percent met or exceeded expectations vs 70 percent last year; Math - 80 percent met or exceeded expectations vs 65 percent last year;
• Warren Middle School: ELA - 71 percent met or exceeded expectations vs 80 percent last year; Math - 70 percent met or exceeded expectations vs 70 percent last year;
In addition to reported data, the schools also get item analysis data about how students are doing and can look at trends. Mingle explained that across grade levels or across schools that if students are encountering similar problems with types of questions, professional development can target that.
“I’m proud of the work we’ve done with this,” said Kimmick.
He said they had discussions with full grade level teams, with all the teachers together looking at their scores collectively, twice in the first month of school.
After the presentation, Board member Patricia Zohn expressed concern that parents who see the numbers won't be aware of all the variables affecting them which are not made public.
To view the reports: