CLARK — Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark has received the ranking of #40 among 328 of New Jersey Public Schools for 2012, according to the upcoming issue of New Jersey Monthly Magazine, which ranks the state’s public school high schools every other year.
This 2012 ranking reflects a dramatic improvement over the school’s previous rankings, which were #95 in 2008 and #101 in 2010. The 2012 ranking thus underscores a movement of 61 positions up the chart by the Clark School District high school. The current ranking of the 328 public schools in the State of New Jersey is available online, and will hit the newsstands with the publication of the September 2012 issue of New Jersey Monthly Magazine on Aug. 28.
Arthur L. Johnson High School was cited as the top performing high school among all high schools in the District Factor Grouping of “F” schools based on municipal wealth, and in the Top 15 most improved high schools over the past two years.
Data for the New Jersey Monthly ranking of the state’s high schools were obtained from the state Department of Education’s most recent New Jersey School Report Card. According to New Jersey Monthly Magazine, Leflein Associates, an independent research company in Ringwood, analyzed the data and compiled the independent rankings.
Criteria used in ranking New Jersey’s High Schools included standardized rank scores for average combined SAT scores, percentage of students attaining advanced proficiency on the High School Proficiency Assessment, students scoring a 3 or higher on Advanced Placement Tests as a percentage of all juniors and seniors, and graduation rates, among others.
Clark School District Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Knops stated that he was pleased with the enhanced status of Arthur L. Johnson in New Jersey Monthly Magazine’s 2012 ratings. “I was pleased to see that criteria used in the past that was more focused on school spending was eliminated, and a greater emphasis was placed on student outcomes and performance. Spending greater sums of money is not an indicator of student success and educational achievement. Rather, setting higher district standards, providing greater rigor, developing creative and innovative programming resources, hiring outstanding teachers, and supporting the professional growth of all staff are areas I believe will enhance the quality of education, It’s a delight to see Arthur L. Johnson listed prominently in the Top 15% of high schools in the state, it’s an honor richly deserved by our students, staff, parents, administration, and Board of Education.”
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