Interactive Map: High School Proficiency in the Garden State

Colleen O'Dea | February 24, 2012 | Education, Map of the Week, Maps
Almost 90 percent of NJ high school juniors graded proficient in reading and writing

About nine in 10 New Jersey public high school juniors were proficient in reading and writing, and three-quarters mastered math last year, according to results from the High School Proficiency Assessment.

Generally, the highest-performing schools in 2010-2011 were in the northeast and central parts of the state. Those with the lowest average scores were in cities near the Hudson River in the north and close to Delaware in the south.

How did your local school do?

Click on the map to see a district’s average scores, as well as the number of students tested and the percentage that passed (rated proficient and advanced proficient) and those that failed (partially proficient).

Each school’s profile also shows whether it is in a special needs district (typically, these are the poorest cities in the state) and its district factor group ranking. DFGs range from A, which have the lowest socioeconomic characteristics, through J, the wealthiest communities. R indicates charter; V, vocational.

Schools in the higher DFG categories tend to fare better: In A schools, most of which are in special needs districts, 69.9 percent passed language arts; 46.9 percent, math. J schools had passing rates of 97.7 percent in language arts; 93.5 percent, math.

Statewide, 75.2 percent passed the math section last spring and 89.6 percent passed language arts, according to the state Department of Education.

Before graduating from a public high school in New Jersey, nearly all students must pass the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA). Students are tested in the spring of their junior year; if they do not pass the first time, they can take the exam again as seniors.