For Release: February 1, 2006
New Jersey Department of Education Releases 2005 School Report Cards
The New Jersey Department of Education today released the 2005 School Report Cards, which contain detailed statistical profiles of all public schools in the state. The annual reports enable members of the public to gauge their local schools’ educational progress.
“The Legislature established the School Report Card process so that parents and interested citizens can review statistics about their local schools and evaluate whether the schools are providing their students with a high-quality education in a cost-effective way,” said acting Commissioner of Education Lucille E. Davy.
The reports also show how well each school is doing in meeting the requirements of the Core Curriculum Content Standards and the state’s goal of having all children able to read by the end of third grade.
Report cards are produced for all elementary and secondary schools, as well as vocational schools, special education schools, charter schools, and Special Services School Districts.
The information is arranged under five categories – school environment, student information, student performance indicators, staff information, and district/charter financial information. Each year, the department makes adjustments to the data fields to accommodate new federal mandates or to clarify the information that is presented in the report. The 2005 version includes two years of NJASK 3 test results and the first year of NJASK 4 science results.
“While the report card is primarily a tool for each community to use in its own evaluation of its own schools’ performance, the state-level comparisons included in the various report card fields do allow us to identify some statewide trends,” acting Commissioner Davy said.
The 2005 data indicate that:
The reports released today are the eleventh to be produced under the 1995 state law that standardizes much of the information and requires its annual distribution. They also represent the 15th 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/