Did Your School Make the Grade?
State sends home report cards for every school in South Orange and Maplewood.
South Orange and Maplewood schools received their report cards Thursday from the state of New Jersey. The reports show how the schools measure up and provide breakdowns in a myriad of categories, including instructional time, class size, attendance, teacher degree level and computer use.
“The district’s mission is to prepare each and every student regardless of demographic or socioeconomic background, for post secondary educational success, “ said Dr. Brian Osborne in his report to the state Department of Education.
New Jersey’s annual School Report Card was finally released by the Christie administration on Thursday, more than two months later than ever before. NJ Spotlight, an online news service providing insight and information on issues critical to New Jersey, has posted interactive charts on student achievement for each school. Find it on the NJ Spotlight site here.
The delays have been many, largely blamed by the administration on new data being collected on graduation rates, NJ Spotlight reports.
The Report Card provides an abundance of useful information, from class sizes in each grade to the percent of students with access to the Internet (at least on school computers) to the spending per pupil in a number of categories.
The Report Card also includes a written narrative from the district that aims to provide more explanation and information than straight numbers.
For South Orange and Maplewood schools, Osborne wrote:
“... advancements have been made with significant progress on many fronts. Some of these include overhauling how the district evaluates instruction; implementing more rigorous, standards-based curriculum; assessing student learning more frequently; providing greater support in the early grades; instituting structural and academic changes at the middle schools; improving professional development; using data to gauge progress and make more informed decisions; enhancing the use of technology; and building a culture of accountability for outcomes for all children.”
Find the information for South Orange and Maplewood Schools by clicking on the school name. (Or select a school from the state Department of Education’s web site here).