4-11-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--NJ Public Schools Perform on Par or Better on ‘Nation’s Report Card’

Despite progress among poor and minority students, achievement gaps must still be bridged

In what is a biennial rite of spring, New Jersey’s public schools get a report card from the NAEP tests of student performance, gauging how schoolchildren measure up against other states in math, reading, and other subjects.

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/18/04/10/nj-public-schools-perform-on-par-or-better-on-nation-s-report-card/

John Mooney | April 11, 2018

 

Jersey Journal--Are SAT scores a reflection of the quality of the schools?

 Hudson County public schools did not make the grade when it came to SAT scores last year, with only four out of 21 testing above the state average.

The state Department of Education released school by school data on SAT scores in it NJ School Performance Report for the 2016-17 school year.

http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/04/are_sat_scores_a_reflection_of_the_quality_of_the.html#incart_river_index

The Jersey Journal| Updated 7:22 AM; Posted 6:45 AM

 

Star Ledger--Celebrate! N.J. apparently has the smartest fourth graders in America

New Jersey's fourth graders have a reason to celebrate.

The New Jersey Department of Education said today that fourth grade scores in reading and math were the highest in the nation in the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress.

The assessment is administered every two years by the federal Department of Education, and is known as the Nation's Report Card in academic circles.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2018/04/celebrate_nj_apparently_has_the_smartest_fourth_graders_in_america.html#incart_river_index

Chris Sheldon| Updated Apr 10, 8:05 PM; Posted Apr 10, 8:04 PM

 

Education Week-- ESSA Promised New Gauges of School Quality. Does It Deliver?

Not everything about the Every Student Succeeds Act represents a break from precedent. But after the new federal K-12 law passed in 2015, one element sparked a lot of discussion and held the potential to plow new ground in federal education law: the requirement that states adopt a gauge of school performance that doesn't involve state test scores and graduation rates.

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/04/04/essa-promised-new-gauges-of-school-quality.html

Andrew Ujifusa| April 3, 2018