🍎 New school "report cards" for 2022-23 year

🍎 Student growth data released for the first time in years

🍎 Best 30 schools ranked below 👇

TRENTON — The latest performance reports for New Jersey schools are out, revealing how good of a job they do at serving their students.

Released earlier this month, these most recent reports assess the 2022-2023 school year using several important metrics.

Schools are graded based on English language arts (ELA) and math assessments, attendance, graduation rate, student growth, and other factors.

Each school is also given a summative rating, which calculates the above factors and spits out a number between 1 and 100. New Jersey 101.5 used these summative ratings to determine the best schools in the state.

Student growth data released for the first time in years

For the first time since the 2018-2019 school year, student growth data is back in the report. It had been left out since then as assessments had been canceled due to the pandemic.

Student growth is a measure of how much students in elementary and middle school are learning each year. The measurement compares students with similar scores on language arts and math assessments from one year to the next. Students who see greater improvement are scored higher.

“Our educators are particularly interested in the student growth data because when focusing on academic growth, rather than solely test scores, we get a better understanding of how well our students are progressing and opportunities for improvement," Acting Commissioner of Education Kevin Dehmer said,

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Top 30 public schools in New Jersey

These are the 30 highest-ranking public and charter schools in New Jersey based on the 2022-23 summative ratings provided by the state Department of Education's annual NJ School Performance Report. The schools are listed in ascending order, with the highest rating being 100.

Gallery Credit: New Jersey 101.5

Where are the best schools in NJ located?

North Jersey makes up over half of New Jersey's top 30 schools.

According to data analyzed by New Jersey 101.5, Bergen County again dominates the list of best schools. There are 11 schools in the county making the top 30, up from eight schools hailing from Bergen for 2021-22.

The only schools in South Jersey on the list are located in Camden County.

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NJ schools with the worst attendance problems

These 30 schools had the highest rate of chronic absenteeism in the 2022-23 school year. Data is for the New Jersey Department of Education's annual NJ School Performance Reports.

Gallery Credit: New Jersey 101.5

Top 20 largest cities in New Jersey

These are the 20 largest municipalities in New Jersey. The municipalities on the list have changed over the years. We used U.S. Census American Community Survey 5-year estimates to compare the Top 20 in 2012 to 2022.

Gallery Credit: New Jersey 101.5

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