Interactive Map: How Did Your School Fare on NJ’s 8th-Grade Proficiency Tests?

Colleen O'Dea | December 7, 2012 | Education, Map of the Week, Maps

School performance on the NJASK8 test of 8th graders in spring 2012, measured by the sum of the passing rates (scoring proficient or advanced proficient) on all three sections (language arts, math and science) of the test for all students tested. Zoom in to find a school, then click on it to see detailed results.

New Jersey’s eighth-grade Class of 2012 did slightly better than the 2011 class of eighth-graders on mandatory tests in language arts, math and science, according to scores released this week by the state Department of Education.

“Once again, our data shows us that New Jersey student perform quite well overall while continuing to make steady improvement,” said Education Commissioner Chris Cerf in releasing the data.

As usual, students fared best on the language arts test, with 82.2 percent of students “passing” – meaning they scored proficient or advanced proficient. That was the same rate as in 2011. Looking at only general education students – those not in special education or limited English classes – the passing rate was more than 90 percent.

Eighth-graders fared almost as well on the science test, registering a passing rate of 81.9 percent, an increase over the 2011 rate. The passing rate on the math section rose as well, from 71.5 percent to 71.7 percent. More than 8 in 10 general education students passed math and nearly 9 in 10 passed science.

There were four schools, all of them small, in which every student “passed” all three sections of the test: Avon Elementary in Monmouth County, Alpine Elementary in Bergen County, the Classical Academy Charter in Clifton in Passaic County and the Princeton Charter School in Mercer County. On the other hand, there were dozens of schools – all of them in the state’s cities – in which not even half of the students passed any of the tests.

Unlike the High School Proficiency Assessment for students in grade 11, the NJASK tests given to students in grades 3-8 are not used as promotional tests but to alert school officials to student performance in order to guide curriculum decisions and to get help for those students who need it.

To see the performance of an individual school, zoom in and click on the school.

The NJ DOE has posted all the results, as well as analyses of them, on its website.