Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Statistics about Newark’s schools

Some VERY sobering statistics about Newark's schools, from a report by the school system itself, signed by Cliff Janey: http://www.nps.k12.nj.us/StrategicPlan/Strategic%20Plan%20-%20FINAL%20REPORT%20-%204-09.pdf




Only slightly more than half (52 percent) of our students graduate high school within four years, based

on the new, more accurate graduation rate adopted by National Governors Association (versus almost

80 percent, based on the state's old formula). Fewer than half of these graduates enroll in college;

almost all need remediation.


49% of NPS graduates enrolled in college in 2006.


53% of those graduates enrolled at Essex Community College.


96% of those students needed remediation.


In three of our five largest high schools, fewer than half the students graduate within four years. In five

of our highest-performing high schools, approximately 75 percent graduate on time. Both rates are

too low. Our lowest-performing schools must be overhauled and our best schools need to get better.

The good news is that more students are taking Advanced Placement (AP) and SAT exams, but

performance remains low. Only 32 percent of students score 3 or higher on the AP exam. Average SAT

scores are 378 in critical reading, 392 in math, and 383 in writing — well below state and national



Thus, only 25% of Newark's 8th graders will ever go to college (52% x 49%) – and half of those that do attend Essex Community College and nearly ALL of them need remediation.

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