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For Release: February 6, 2008
2007 Statewide Scoring Summaries:
Overall Improvement and Significant Gains in Some Areas
The 2007 assessment results for the grades 3-8 and high school state tests show that New Jersey students continue to make steady progress in terms of academic achievement and that there have been noteworthy improvements in the performance of some subgroups of students, particularly in the elementary grades, Education Commissioner Lucille E. Davy announced today.
DOE made the 2007 state, district and school level assessment results available to the public today on the department’s website. The information can be accessed here: http://www.nj.gov/education/schools/achievement/2008/
The statewide summaries provide an annual snapshot of how well various student populations are faring on the state standardized tests. This was the second year in which New Jersey met full NCLB mandates for testing math and Language Arts Literacy (LAL) in grades 3-8 and in high school. It was the first year that science tests were administered at three grade levels.
The scoring scale for all grade tests is 100-300. Students achieving a score of 200 are deemed proficient; students achieving a score of 250 or greater are deemed advanced proficient.
“In general, we see continued strong performance by New Jersey students,” the Commissioner said. “This clear evidence that the department’s intense focus on accountability and its work with local districts on the important elements that enhance teaching and learning in our schools is having an impact."
Commissioner Davy said she was particularly encouraged by the narrowing of achievement gaps in some of the lower grades and the improved performance of Special Education (SE) and Limited English Proficient (LEP) students at many grade levels.
“The results also indicate that initiatives such as preschool for at-risk three- and four-year-olds, elementary and middle school literacy and increased supports for students with disabilities do make a real difference,” Commissioner Davy said. “While there is still much to be done, the fact that these scores are moving in the right direction is very good news.”
Among the other findings: