WAYNE, NJ – Wayne Schools Superintendent, Dr. Mark Toback announced at the last Board of Education meeting that George Washington Middle School was named as a New Jersey School to Watch. According to Toback, this state initiative identifies high-performing schools and singles them out for recognition.

“There were only two schools selected this year in the Schools to Watch program,” said Toback. “That’s quite some recognition and I’m very excited for the staff and students and everybody at George Washington School. It’s really quite an honor.”

For a school to be considered, they have to show academic excellence through performance in standardized test scores, have a great curriculum with highly interactive instruction. Observers come from the state to judge the schools that apply.

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“The school has to be developmentally responsive,” said Toback. “So, has to be sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of middle school students; has clear plans and available resources to support middle school aged students; and the school has to be ‘socially equitable,’ which means there has to be a demonstrated pattern to show that they are democratic and fair, providing every student with high quality teachers, resources and supports.”

According to Toback, to apply for this recognition, each school has to complete an eight-page report identifying how the school meets the established Schools to Watch rubric. Along with that, there is a two-page future plans report. There are also additional years of test scores to demonstrate student growth. An explanation of the student and staff population, and the staff had to take an anonymous self-scoring assessment that was sent to the Schools to Watch team to offer a true picture of the school.

“After this process, the George Washington Middle School was identified as a ‘School to Watch,’” said Toback. “Which is very exciting.”

“We will be recognized at the state level on March 13 at Kean University, and then during the middle-level education conference in Washington DC in June,” finished Toback.

Congratulations to everyone at George Washington Middle School!