Perth Amboy Schools Make Progress

PERTH AMBOY – Perth Amboy’s school district was one of 20 removed from the federal No Child Left Behind accountability list after meeting yearly progress benchmarks for two years in a row, state officials said.

Perth Amboy Superintendent John M. Rodecker credited rising test scores in grades three and four for getting the district off the watch list, where it had been since 2005.

The No Child Left Behind law has been controversial since it was passed in 2002. It requires the percentage of students passing standardized tests to match or surpass ever-increasing state benchmarks. The ultimate goal is to reach 100 percent proficiency by 2014.

Schools are required to demonstrate adequate yearly progress of 10 percent or better. Schools that fall short two years in a row are designated in need of improvement. The underperforming schools face sanctions which could range from restructuring curriculum to firing staff and reopening as a charter school

Two individual schools on the 2008 list – McGinnis Middle School and Anthony V. Ceres Elementary School – will be removed from the 2009 list after making steady progress for the last two years, Rodecker said.

Perth Amboy is one of New Jersey’s 31 Abbott school districts, which have the highest proportion of low-income students at risk of failing and have received the majority of state school funding.

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