The State of the State’s High Schools: Graduation Rates and Beyond

John Mooney | March 12, 2020 | Education
In this new series, NJ Spotlight drills into data from the latest School Performance Reports to give readers a sharp focus on key numbers

NJ High School Performance Data
NJ High School Performance Data

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Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of NJ Spotlight updates highlighting data from the state’s latest School Performance Reports for every public school in New Jersey.

New Jersey’s high school graduation rate has long been the envy of the nation, topping 90% statewide — one of the highest in the country.

But there’s more to those numbers than just the averages; specific rates vary widely from one high school to the next.

Camden High School, for instance, still struggles, last year graduating less than 60% in four years. A couple of charter schools fare even worse. At the other end, Millburn High School and Newark’s nearby Science Park High School both top 99%. Several specialized magnet schools actually hit a perfect 100%.

In order to prevent those averages from masking the fate of students after they leave high school, the state now collects and shares data about graduates who go on to college and whether they are still enrolled a year later.

The Murphy administration yesterday released its latest School Performance Reports for every public school in New Jersey, with hundreds of data points for every school and every grade.

They include the standardized test scores that are typically released. New to this report is the data on everything from class size to faculty credentials.

NJ Spotlight will be providing excerpts of this data over the coming weeks, picking out those sets that illuminate what matters most in schools. We start with our high schools, and the one thing everyone cares about: the diploma and where it leads.

Check out how your high school fares.