NJ Annual Report Card: How Did Baristaville Schools Score?

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 30, 2010 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (17)

reportcard.jpgUPDATE: NJ districts just received the latest, and most recent, AYP reports, which are not on the DoE’s website yet, but are expected to be posted by next month.

Montclair saw some improvement in its elementary and middle schools, but still did not meet AYP in six of its school, including MHS which is now in its “Year 4” status for failing to meet AYP in four consecutive years. In a letter on Montclair’s BoE website, Dr, Frank Alvarez explains, “We have made great progress in the last four years. In some individual cases, students who were once partially proficient are performing at advanced proficiency levels. However, a small number of students continue to struggle. We need to do better at understanding their needs and in helping them master the necessary content.” He goes on to say, “Like most progress reports, grades fluctuate, they don’t always reflect a learning curve, and they can be filled with pluses and minus. The report for the Montclair Public Schools is no different.”

The State Department of Education has released the 2009-2010 annual report card. The Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) report reflects the testing scores from all children–including those in special education and ESL students (English as a Second Language.) Schools are tested from 3rd grade and up, so schools such as Nishuane in Montclair and Forest & Linden Avenue Schools in Glen Ridge are not on the report. AYP is a measurement defined by the United States federal No Child Left Behind Act that allows the U.S. Department of Education to determine how every public school and school district in the country is performing academically according to results on standardized tests
The goal for schools is to meet all 40 of the Adequate Yearly Progress indicators.

The following results are from the last published reports on the DoE’s website. Stay tuned for a follow up story on the results that were just released to the districts this week, but are not published yet.

Bloomfield Public Schools
Bloomfield High School – YES
Bloomfield Middle School – YES
Berkeley – YES to all except Language at the elementary level.
Brookdale – YES
Carteret – YES
Demerest – YES
Fairview – YES
Forest Glen – TOO FEW students to analyze
Franklin – YES
Oak View – YES
Watsessing – YES to all except Language at the elementary level.
Glen Ridge Public Schools
Glen Ridge High School – YES
Ridgewood Avenue – YES
Millburn Public Schools
Millburn High School – YES
Millburn Middle – YES in Language / NO in Math
Deerfield – YES
Glenwood – YES
Hartshorn – YES
South Mountain -YES
Wyoming – YES
Montclair Public Schools
Montclair High School – NO
Rand – YES
Bradford – YES
Edgemont – YES
Glenfield – YES in Language / NO in Math
Hillside – YES
Mt. Hebron – YES in Language / NO in Math
Northeast – YES
Renaissance – YES in Language / NO in Math
Watchung – YES
South Orange – Maplewood Public Schools
Columbia High School – YES in Language / NO in Math
Maplewood Middle – NO
South Orange Middle – No in Language / YES in Math
Clinton – YES
Jefferson – No in Language / YES in Math
Seth Boyden – YES
South Mountain Annex – YES
Tuscan – YES
West Orange Public Schools
West Orange High School – NO
Edison Middle – YES in Language / NO in Math
Roosevelt Middle – YES in Language / NO in Math
Gregory – YES
Hazel – YES in Language / NO in Math
Liberty Middle – No in Language / YES in Math
Mount Pleasant – No in Language / YES in Math
Pleasantdale – YES
Redwood – YES
St. Cloud – YES
Washington – YES
While most elementary and middle schools met the goals, it’s most of the high schools that seem to be failing. West Orange High has not acheived AYP for seven consecutive years. Montclair High School has not for 3 consecutive years.
How do you feel about the report?


  1. POSTED BY Right of Center™  |  September 30, 2010 @ 3:45 pm

    I don’t get it. The BOE website says:
    “The good news is that Northeast, Watchung, Glenfield and Renaissance passed with flying colors, meeting all 40 of the AYP indicators. Bullock, Bradford, Edgemont, Hillside and Mt. Hebron were only just shy of meeting the requirements, as was Montclair High School. In light of these results, The Montclair Public Schools will continue to focus on providing appropriate support to teachers and students in order to improve learning outcomes. ”
    But your info differs. Which is correct?
    Also it’s a major pain in the butt to have to login with a different password at the “kids site” vs the normal baristanet site.

  2. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  September 30, 2010 @ 5:06 pm

    Right of Center,
    The data I give is directly from the NJ Dept. of Education’s 2009-2010 report. According to the report Glenfield and Renaissance School did not meet the AYP.
    The Montclair BoE website does not say which report they are getting their info from or give a link. However, the latest data from teh NJ Dept. Of Ed website is the report I used. I will find out tomorrow when they the office opens.
    And good news–Barista Kids will launch its new design and move to WordPress with Baristanet tomorrow, October 1. You won’t need to have a separate login anymore.

  3. POSTED BY Right of Center  |  October 01, 2010 @ 10:38 am

    Well, looking at the reoports Georgette, it seems you are correct.

    My prediction? The scores of excess boobs at the BOE can’t even read the reports correctly.

  4. POSTED BY Right of Center  |  October 01, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

    I see the update, so the BOE is then correct? So shouldn’t you then revise your incorrect information?

  5. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  October 01, 2010 @ 1:21 pm

    The BoE is correct in their latest announcement of the report. The data has not been made public on the Dept. of Ed.’s website.

    The data I have in this story is the last report released from 2009-2010 school year. It was never discussed on Barista Kids.

    You are correct though. It is confusing and I will follow up with a post next week discussing the latest report information.

  6. POSTED BY Right of Center  |  October 01, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

    The information in your story which is presented as the latest information is:

    Montclair Public Schools
    Montclair High School – NO
    Rand – YES
    Bradford – YES
    Edgemont – YES
    Glenfield – YES in Language / NO in Math
    Hillside – YES
    Mt. Hebron – YES in Language / NO in Math
    Northeast – YES
    Renaissance – YES in Language / NO in Math
    Watchung – YES”

    Which is not the latest information and is incorrect. Shouldn’t you remove it?

  7. POSTED BY Right of Center  |  October 01, 2010 @ 1:39 pm


    And if corrected this would make a great Bnet front page article rather than being sequestered here. What’s up with that? & schools making a failing grade and especially Alvarez’s lame excuses are much more interesting and relevant than what Continental Airlines is calling itself these days.

  8. POSTED BY Right of Center  |  October 01, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

    7 schools making a failing grade…

  9. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  October 01, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

    Well I hate to think of stories on Barista Kids as being sequestered, but there will be a Bnet front page story following up.

  10. POSTED BY Right of Center  |  October 01, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

    me too. I like the kids site. Just not sure you get much traffic back here.

  11. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  October 01, 2010 @ 1:52 pm

    Thanks Right of Center 🙂 Do you like the redesign?

  12. POSTED BY Right of Center  |  October 01, 2010 @ 2:10 pm

    im getting used to it. but no. don’t fix what ain’t broken, I say. I think the coverage is to vast to build community on. My suggestion would be to have sister sites for other areas and share stories if they apply. There is no community advantage in having one giant site. People in other areas don’t really care much what’s going on in another town Or “Locus” ( like Bloomfield, Glen Ridge and Montclair). So what’s the advantage? Branding? Advertising reach? You can bundle advertising across the sister sites, so that’s not an advantage. So it’s what? Branding? Feh.

    The site is too big, and to “general” now because it has to try to appeal to a more general public. That’s not a recipe for hyperlocal success, if you ask me.

    Witness the recent coverage of the Montclair Budget and how much excitement and community feeling it created. And I’m sure more traffic? Why? it’s hyperlocal! Like the old baristanet. I’m sure it bored residents of the other areas….

    If anything, in my opinion, your growth should be from bigger to smaller. Grow by breaking bloomfield off to a sister site so that site can be more hyperlocal.

  13. POSTED BY Tudlow  |  October 01, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

    I actually liked seeing surrounding school’s AYP reports–thanks for posting Georgette.

    Check out Bloomfield–impressive.

    What is the problem with Montclair’s math program? Perhaps the Everyday Math program used in elementary school is not preparing the children for middle school math…..

  14. POSTED BY profwilliams  |  October 02, 2010 @ 6:53 am

    ROC is right (as usual, well, at least 98% of the time…;)

    I also notice the TWEENS and TEENS section up top. This too, while, going more narrow, eh “hyper-local,” is odd in that KIDS seems to encompass both tweens and teens.

    So then, is B-kids going to focus on the under 10 only? Though in practice, it seems that the Tweens and Teens site siphons those relevant stories that I’ve already seen on B-Kids…. I’m confused….

    At some point, I’ll be confronted with too many choices from the BARISTANET homepage– ummm, I’m interested in SOUTH ORANGE–click–KIDS–click–TWEENS–click.

    Too much.

    Re: Everyday Math, in the NYTimes yesterday, they ran a feature on “Singapore Math” and how some towns are using it, rather than Everyday Math. Yay!!! One more “new” system to learn. I know a middle school teacher who once told me that her kids came to hear not really knowing their Times Tables because the kids were never forced to learn them. (Because memorization is, you know, bad…)

    Math is necessary and can be hard. It should be taught simply, slowly and repetitively…… Look out for:

    PROFMATH in 2012. Followed by PROENGLISH in 2013.

  15. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  October 02, 2010 @ 8:01 am


    Those categories are just a way to organize BK’s stories. We write about kids from babies to teens. If you’re a parent of a teen, you may want to only read stories relevant to that age group. If you want to read everything, just stay on the home page.

  16. POSTED BY profwilliams  |  October 02, 2010 @ 10:50 am

    Yea, I get that, but it’s not like there is such a barrage of stories that having 3 sites devoted to kids makes sense. That’s all.

    I certainly understand you not wanting to bore teen parents, or rather those parents with teens with the Yoga for new Moms stories, but I was addressing the navigation of the site. Which, because of this, is now harder than ever.

    The old way was simple and clear. One site devoted to kids, I could check it a few times a day and there were a few daily stories that may or may not be of interest to me.

  17. POSTED BY Jenn  |  October 03, 2010 @ 8:24 pm

    This is only one Kids site, Prof. Those links are just filtering categories for those who may be interested in a certain town or age range. If you want the full stream of stories, no need to click on anything. Same goes for the rest of Baristanet.

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