WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Board of Education discussed discussed the results from the New Jersey Single Accountability Continuum survey at its meeting on Tuesday night.

The New Jersey Department of Education rated the Westfield school district a “high performing district”.

“The process is very specific,” said Dr. Margaret Dolan, the superintendent of Westfield schools. “It details every mandated policy. It details how every curriculum is supervised.”

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Board members questioned how the survey worked.

“It includes a review of the lesson plans,” said Dolan. “It makes sure everything is being taught.”

According to the New Jersey Department of Education, Westfield scored 98 percent on the Quality Performance Indicator. It qualified Westfield to be labeled a high performing district.

However, the board members described a process in which schools either pass or fail the survey.

“You either have it all or you don’t,” said Board member Ginny Leiz. “It is pass or fail for each category.”

“I’m not sure we could improve the one area where we lost points,” said Dolan. “Every student either has to pass every test or 95 percent of students have to have a five percent grade improvement.”

Prior to discussing the survey, board members honored Christian Barber, a senior on the high school’s wrestling team.

Barber set the record at Westfield High School with 112 wins and a 41 – 1 record in his senior year.

“Christian is a great example for younger kids,” said Glen Kurz, the high school’s wrestling coach.  

Matt Chin is reporting for TheAlternativePress.com as part of a partnership with Kean University this semester.