New Jersey High School Graduation Rate Increases to 86%

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TRENTON – The Department of Education today released results on the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK), the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) and state-wide graduation rates for the 2011-2012 school year.

The state’s graduation rate increased from 83% in 2011 to 86% in 2012, the second year the state is using the new federal methodology for calculating the graduation rate.

Most school districts in Union County had higher graduation rates than the state overall, with exceptions in Elizabeth (65.7%), Hillside (76.9%), Linden (81.9%), Plainfield (73.9%) and Roselle (74%). The Union County Vocational School District had a 100% graduation rate. Middlesex County saw similar results, with just Carteret (77.8%), New Brunswick (58.6%), Perth Amboy (72.9%) and South River (83%) falling below the state average.

On the NJ ASK, the average proficiency rates across all grades and subjects remained steady, while proficiency rates on the HSPA increased in both LAL and math. Meanwhile, School Improvement Grant (SIG) schools undergoing intensive turnarounds with the support of the NJDOE on the whole made significant gains over the past two years.

“Once again, our data shows us that New Jersey student perform quite well overall while continuing to make steady improvement, and we applaud our educators for their work every day with our students,” said Commissioner Chris Cerf. “The results for schools undergoing intensive turnarounds this year are particularly very encouraging, showing that while our achievement gaps across the state are persistent and unacceptably high, we can close them with dedicated support and interventions.”

A summary of the test results and graduation rates, as well as individual school and district results, are available at the following links:


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