NJDOE Performance Reports 

    On April 10, the New Jersey Department of Education released the 2011-2012 School Performance Reports. These reports replace the “old” report card and provide more data than previously.

    “The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has significantly revised the annual school report cards, required under both federal and state legislation. The new School Performance Reports are designed to enhance both educator and stakeholder engagement in discussions about how well a school is preparing their students for college and careers.

    In particular, the new School Performance Reports seek to:

    • Focus attention on metrics that are indicative of college and career readiness.
    • Benchmark a school’s performance against other peer schools that are educating similar students, against statewide outcomes, and against state targets to illuminate and build upon a school’s strengths and identify areas for improvement.
    • Improve educational outcomes for students by providing both longitudinal and growth data so that progress can be measured as part of an individual school’s efforts to engage in continuous improvement.”                                                                             http://education.state.nj.us/pr/

    They also utilize a newly created “peer group” for each school to enable educators and stakeholders to benchmark and make comparisons about their own performance. These peer groups are based upon:

    ·        Similar grade configurations ( i.e. 6-8 schools are compared to 6-8 generally)

    ·        Percentage of students receiving free and reduced lunch

    ·        Percentage of limited English proficiency students

    ·        Percentage of students enrolled in special education programs.