The New Jersey Department of Education released the School Performance Reports for the 2014-15 school year May 6.
The reports highlight indicators of college and career readiness which include the following:
- data on student growth on yearly assessments;
- enrollment in middle school arts courses;
- participation in Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and dual enrollment programs; and
- school climate data, such as chronic absenteeism.
The reports included some changes over prior years:
- The school-wide participation and grade-level performance of students on the 2014-2015 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments rather than the New Jersey Assessment for Skills and Knowledge (NJASK).
- The K-8 school reports show the percentage of students who participate in visual and performing arts. Previously, information on the arts was reported only at the high school level.
- The high school reports now include a table that shows the percentage of students who participate in dual enrollment courses. The dual enrollment programs enable students to earn college credits while they are still enrolled in high school.
In addition to the reports themselves, the release also includes an interpretive guide and other supporting documents.