NJ High School Proficiency Test Fall 1996 Grade 11 State Summary

The New Jersey Grade 11 High School Proficiency Test (HSPT11) consists of three sections--Reading, Mathematics, and Writing--and must be passed as one of the requirements for a high school diploma. Students who do not pass all three sections will receive additional instruction and will be retested on the section or sections they did not pass. The Total HSPT11 Reading, Mathematics, and Writing scores are reported as scale scores with a range of 100 to 500. The passing score is 300.

One or more sections of the HSPT11 was administered October 8-10 and October 15-17, 1996 to 63,241 Grade 11 students (both first-time in grade 11 and retesting grade 11 students). This figure excludes those students classified as special education, limited English proficient, County Educational Services Commission students, and 222 eleventh-grade students who passed all test sections in the previous academic year.

This report includes a series of tables summarizing test results for the state, Special Needs Districts, All Other (not special needs) Districts, and District Factor Groups (DFGs).

Table 1 presents statewide results for Grade 11 students who took the October 1996 test. Of the 63,241 Grade 11 students who took the October 1996 test, 62,464 were Grade 11 first-time testing students and 777 were Grade 11 retesting students. Of the 62,464 Grade 11 students who took the test for the first time, 75.5% of the students passed all three sections. Of the 777 Grade 11 retesting students, 21.2% passed all the sections attempted (whether one, two, or three).

Table 1 also shows that there were 63,725 regular Grade 11 students enrolled in October 1996. Of these 63,725 students, 74.2% passed the HSPT11 in October 1996. This compares to 74.9% of the 62,795 regular Grade 11 students who passed the test in October 1995, 71.6% of the 62,761 regular Grade 11 students who passed the test in October 1994, and 72.9% of the 62,598 regular Grade 11 students who passed the test in October 1993.

Results for each subject--Reading, Mathematics, and Writing--are included in Tables 2 through 6. Finally, the report contains district-by-district and school-by-school results grouped by DFG. An explanation of the District Factor Groups is included at the end of this report.

The HSPT11 scores in this report exclude special education students, limited English proficient students, and students whose answer folders were voided.

The data in this report are based on information collected from students' answer folders. Subsequent to the distribution of test results in January 1997, there was a procedure for amending student identification information to correct errors that were made when students' answer folders were completed. Corrections to student identification information that were received by the Department of Education by January 24, 1997 have been included in these summaries.

Highlights from the October 1996 Grade 11 Tables

Special Needs Of the 10,155 Grade 11 students in the Special Needs Districts who took the October 1996 test, 9,703 were Grade 11 first-time testing students and 452 were Grade 11 retesting students. 43.4% of the first-time students passed all three sections. 14.4% of the retesting students passed all the sections attempted (whether one, two, or three).
All Other Of the 53,086 Grade 11 students in the All Other (not special needs) Districts who took the October 1996 test, 52,761 were Grade 11 first-time testing students and 325 were Grade 11 retesting students. 81.4% of the first-time students passed all three sections. 30.8% of the retesting students passed all the sections attempted (whether one, two, or three).
District Factor The percent of Grade 11 first-time testing students who passed all three sections ranged from 38.1% of 7,987 students in DFG A to 95.2% of 356 students in DFG J. The percent of Grade 11 retesting students who passed all the sections required* ranged from 12.9% of 419 students in DFG A to 50.0% of 18 students in DFG I. There were no Grade 11 retesting students in DFG J in October 1996.
Reading Of the 62,619 Grade 11 students tested with the Reading section in October 1996, 51,953 or 83.0% passed the Reading section. This compares to 83.4% passing Reading in October 1995, 83.2% passing Reading in October 1994, and 84.4% passing Reading in October 1993. The mean score for the Reading section was 371.4 in October 1996, 368.4 in October 1995, 369.3 in October 1994, and 368.8 in October 1993.
Mathematics Of the 62,551 Grade 11 students tested with the Mathematics section in October 1996, 53,745 or 85.9% passed the Mathematics section. This compares to 86.2% passing Mathematics in October 1995, 84.4% passing Mathematics in October 1994, and 82.4% passing Mathematics in October 1993. The mean score for the Mathematics section was 389.9 in October 1996, 387.0 in October 1995, 381.3 in October 1994, and 376.2 in October 1993.
Writing Of the 62,347 Grade 11 students tested with the Writing section in October 1996, 56,432 or 90.5% passed the Writing section. This compares to 90.4% passing Writing in October 1995, 88.5% passing Writing in October 1994, and 92.8% passing Writing in October 1993. The mean score on the Writing section was 365.2 in October 1996, 366.2 in October 1995, 361.0 in October 1994, and 373.6 in October 1993.

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* In October 1995 and October 1996, the informaion on the answer folders for retested students was used to indicate which subject(s) retested students were still required to take. In 1994, retested students indicated which subject(s) were to be scored during this test administration. In 1993, there were no retested students.