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For Immediate Release: February 4, 2009
New Jersey Department of Education Releases 2008 School Report Cards and 2008 Statewide Assessment Report
The New Jersey Department of Education today released the 2008 School Report Cards and the 2008 Statewide Assessment Reports.
As public accountability documents, the Report Cards contain detailed statistical profiles of all public schools in the state in the areas of school environment, student information, student performance indicators, staff information, and district/charter financial information.
The Statewide Assessment Report is the state’s annual summary of the results for the assessments administered in the spring of the year. School- and district-level information is grouped by DFG. In addition to the complete reporting of the disaggregated proficiency levels for each test at each grade level, there are highlights and trend information contained in graphs and charts for each test.
“With our state and nation facing such a severe economic downturn, we have an increased mandate to provide accountability for every dollar we spend on education,” said Commissioner of Education Lucille E. Davy. “The purpose of these reports is to enable members of the public to measure the progress of their local schools through the individual report cards and the trend information in the assessment summary.”
The report cards, established by legislation in 1995, are produced for all elementary and secondary schools, as well as vocational schools, special education schools, charter schools, and Special Services School Districts.
In addition to being a resource for community members to check the progress of their schools, the report card contains state-level information that is helpful in providing an overview of education in New Jersey.
|Four-year college||54 %|
|Two-year college||31 %|
|Other Post-secondary School||2.3%|
|The rest are undecided or other|
|English Literature and Composition||(7.5%)|
|United States History||(7.0%)|
The report cards released today are the fourteenth to be produced under the 1995 state law that specifies much of the information to be reported and requires its annual distribution. They also represent the 18th time New Jersey has issued a report on its public schools, since the first report cards were distributed in 1989.
The school report card is on the department’s Web site at http://education.state.nj.us/rc/
The statewide assessment reports are on the department’s Web site at http://www.nj.gov/education/schools/achievement/2009/