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Report Card: Did Madison Schools Make the Grade?

The state DOE's report cards for each school were released Thursday.

The outpaces the state average for language arts and math proficiency, and SAT scores, and also scores on pace or better than other districts with similar demographics, according to the School Report Cards released Thursday by the New Jersey Department of Education.

The goal of the School Report Cards is to allow the public to see how the state judges individual elementary, middle and high schools' performance in the 2010-11 school year. The information can be used to find deficiencies and plot courses for improvement. 

The reports measure standardized test scores for each school in a district and also provides figures on average class size, expulsion rate, length of instruction time, attendance rate and several other factors.

It also provides financial data for districts. Madison taxes fund 85 percent of the budget, while the state average is 52 percent. Per pupil spending costs in the borough are $17,130 while the state average is $17,469. Madison only receives 8 percent in state aid while the state average is 42 percent.

The Madison High School Class of 2011 had a 97.16 percent graduation rate.

The superintendent, in a narrative submitted to the state, said the district is poised to again be a "standard-bearer in the area of progressive education."

Superintendent Dr. Michael Rossi wrote,

Academically, the district has surpassed its local, district factor group, and state counterparts in virtually every benchmark set by the state via standardized assessments. Madison High School was honored in December 2011 by the College Board for being in a finite group of high schools nationally that were able to simultaneously accept more students into AP courses while raising the number of scores at 3.0 or above. The class of 2011 garnered millions in academic and other scholarships. Student academic achievement is complemented by a phenomenal array of athletic and extra-curricular opportunities. Moreover, the teams and groups that comprise those entities continue to produce award-winning/championship performances both on the playing fields and on stage.

You can find breakdowns of the individual elementary schools and grade levels on the DOE website.

New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK3)
LANGUAGE ARTS LITERACYYearNumber
TestedProficiency Percentages Partial Proficient Advanced District 2010-11
2009-10 163
169 16.6%
16.6% 70.6%
68% 12.9%
15.4% DFG 2010-11
2009-10 18456
18708 21.1%
23.9% 66.2%
65.4% 12.8%
10.7% State 2010-11
2009-10 98972
101435 36.5%
40.2% 56.2%
54.2% 7.3%
5.6%



New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK3)
MATHEMATICSYearNumber
TestedProficiency Percentages Partial Proficient Advanced District 2010-11
2009-10 165
169 7.3%
9.5% 36.4%
33.7% 56.4%
56.8% DFG 2010-11
2009-10 18510
18759 9%
9.9% 36.7%
38.2% 54.3%
51.9% State 2010-11
2009-10 99292
101762 20.6%
21.7% 40.6%
41.1% 38.8%
37.2%

 

New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK4)
LANGUAGE ARTS LITERACYYearNumber
TestedProficiency Percentages Partial Proficient Advanced
District 2010-11
2009-10 169
159 14.8%
18.2% 68.6%
62.3% 16.6%
19.5% DFG 2010-11
2009-10 18915
19255 19.8%
22.8% 66.5%
60.4% 13.6%
16.8% State 2010-11
2009-10 100447
101654 36.7%
40.2% 56%
50.4% 7.3%
9.3



New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK4)
MATHEMATICSYearNumber
TestedProficiency Percentages Partial Proficient Advanced District 2010-11
2009-10 170
159 7.1%
8.8% 37.6%
28.9% 55.3%
62.3% DFG 2010-11
2009-10 18987
19315 9.1%
11% 44.3%
39.2% 46.5%
49.9% State 2010-11
2009-10 100776
102032 20%
22.8% 47.5%
42.3% 32.5%
34.9% New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK4)
SCIENCEYearNumber
TestedProficiency Percentages Partial Proficient Advanced District 2010-11
2009-10 170
159 1.2%
2.5% 31.2%
29.6% 67.6%
67.9% DFG 2010-11
2009-10 18983
19318 3%
1.7% 31.9%
37.3% 65.1%
61% State 2010-11
2009-10 100720
102004 9.6%
6.5% 42.3%
49.2% 48.2%
44.3%

 

New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK5)
LANGUAGE ARTS LITERACYYearNumber
TestedProficiency Percentages Partial Proficient Advanced District 2010-11
2009-10 165
170 17.6%
10% 64.2%
64.1% 18.2%
25.9% DFG 2010-11
2009-10 19318
19431 19.6%
19.8% 68.1%
64.3% 12.3%
15.9% State 2010-11
2009-10 101075
102415 38.6%
36.7% 55.2%
54.5% 6.2%
8.8%



New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK5)
MATHEMATICSYearNumber
TestedProficiency Percentages Partial Proficient Advanced District 2010-11
2009-10 166
170 10.8%
8.8% 28.3%
35.3% 60.8%
55.9% DFG 2010-11
2009-10 19374
19476 7.9%
8.8% 35.1%
37.5% 57%
53.8% State 2010-11
2009-10 101377
102732 19%
21% 41.2%
42.1% 39.8%
36.9%

 

New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK6)
LANGUAGE ARTS LITERACYYearNumber
TestedProficiency Percentages Partial Proficient Advanced
District 2010-11
2009-10 183
179 13.1%
7.3% 72.1%
70.9% 14.8%
21.8% DFG 2010-11
2009-10 19556
19607 17.2%
17.3% 69.4%
68.3% 13.4%
14.4% State 2010-11
2009-10 101922
102281 32.8%
34.5% 59.9%
57.9% 7.4%
7.6%



New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK6)
MATHEMATICSYearNumber
TestedProficiency Percentages Partial Proficient Advanced
District 2010-11
2009-10 184
180 10.9%
6.1% 35.9%
44.4% 53.3%
49.4% DFG 2010-11
2009-10 19604
19643 10%
13.7% 48%
49.1% 42%
37.2% State 2010-11
2009-10 102218
102558 22.1%
27.9% 50%
48.5% 27.9%
23.6%

 

New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK7)
LANGUAGE ARTS LITERACYYearNumber
TestedProficiency Percentages Partial Proficient Advanced
District 2010-11
2009-10 177
166 6.2%
13.3% 62.7%
48.8% 31.1%
38% DFG 2010-11
2009-10 19900
19918 17.5%
13.5% 59.8%
55.3% 22.7%
31.2% State 2010-11
2009-10 102032
102516 36.1%
30.5% 51.5%
51.9% 12.5%
17.6%



New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK7)
MATHEMATICSYearNumber
TestedProficiency Percentages Partial Proficient Advanced
District 2010-11
2009-10 178
166 10.7%
19.3% 42.1%
33.1% 47.2%
47.6% DFG 2010-11
2009-10 19919
19951 17.2%
17.8% 43.8%
42.6% 39%
39.6% State 2010-11
2009-10 102243
102752 33.7%
35.4% 41.7%
40.1% 24.6%
24.5%

 

New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK8)
LANGUAGE ARTS LITERACYYearNumber
TestedProficiency Percentages Partial Proficient Advanced
District 2010-11
2009-10 177
184 6.2%
3.3% 53.7%
69% 40.1%
27.7% DFG 2010-11
2009-10 20000
20346 5.9%
5.7% 59.9%
62.1% 34.3%
32.2% State 2010-11
2009-10 101757
102168 17.2%
17.1% 63.4%
64.4% 19.4%
18.5%

 

New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK8)
MATHEMATICSYearNumber
TestedProficiency Percentages Partial Proficient Advanced
District 2010-11
2009-10 177
183 11.9%
12.6% 34.5%
41% 53.7%
46.4% DFG 2010-11
2009-10 20029
20356 13.3%
16.1% 39.6%
39.8% 47.1%
44.1% State 2010-11
2009-10 101833
102161 27.9%
31% 41.4%
39.7% 30.8%
29.3% New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK8)
SCIENCEYearNumber
TestedProficiency Percentages Partial Proficient Advanced
District 2010-11
2009-10 177
185 4.5%
5.4% 32.2%
33% 63.3%
61.6% DFG 2010-11
2009-10 20022
20362 6.3%
5.6% 46.7%
44.8% 47%
49.6% State 2010-11
2009-10 101769
102161 18.2%
16.6% 52.2%
51.7% 29.6%
31.6%

 

High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA)
LANGUAGE ARTS LITERACYYearNumber
TestedProficiency Percentages Partial Proficient Advanced
District 2010-11
2009-10 198
197 2%
1% 52%
55.8% 46%
43.1% DFG 2010-11
2009-10 15453
15554 3.2%
3.5% 59.5%
62% 37.3%
34.5% State 2010-11
2009-10 95035
96852 9.6%
12% 69.3%
69.3% 21.2%
18.7%



High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA)
MATHEMATICSYearNumber
TestedProficiency Percentages Partial Proficient Advanced
District 2010-11
2009-10 199
198 11.1%
6.6% 46.7%
44.4% 42.2%
49% DFG 2010-11
2009-10 15448
15539 10.8%
10.3% 45.5%
46.7% 43.7%
43% State 2010-11
2009-10 94942
96761 23.8%
25% 50.5%
50.7% 25.7%
24.3%

 

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) Results   Students
Taking Test
Mathematics Verbal Essay   # % Average
Score
Percentile Scores Average
Score
Percentile Scores Average
Score
Percentile Scores 25th 50th 75th 25th 50th 75th 25th 50th 75th 2010-11   School 187 91% 573 500 580 650 557 480 560 630 570 490 560 650 DFG 14069 91% 570 490 570 650 543 470 540 620 552 480 550 630 State 71195 73% 518 440 510 600 494 420 490 570 496 420 490 570 2009-10   School 149 86% 574 500 580 650 562 490 560 620 565 490 580 620 DFG 13080 87% 574 500 570 660 546 480 540 620 555 480 550 630 State 65673 66% 520 440 510 600 496 420 490 570 499 420 490 580 2008-09   School 159 79% 595 520 610 670 558 490 560 630 577 520 580 650 DFG 12223 82% 574 490 580 660 549 480 550 630 553 480 550 630 State 63618 63% 515 430 510 600 494 410 490 570 494 410 490 570

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jerry stevenson June 01, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Congratulations to the entire school district including the teachers, the administration and the BOE. Hopefully the sale of the Green Village Road School and property will occur within the next year which will free up dollars to address some of the concerns on the physical plant.
James M June 01, 2012 at 06:02 PM
The language arts partial proficiency percentages are much greater in the Madison elementary grades then the middle and high school students. The HSPA language arts literacy was a slam dunk statewide and in Madison. Are the students getting smarter with age or are the tests getting easier?
Slip June 01, 2012 at 06:41 PM
It's a lot of info and not sure what to make of it. The results are not as positive as stated by the Superintendent. SAT scores are definitely trending down and I think if u go back even further then 2009 they have even more so. HS Advanced Proficiency in Math has regressed considerably which is consistent with the drop in the Math SAT scores. Also, I could be wrong but I think Madison used to be in the higher Demographic grouping. Madison would not compare as favorably on that scale. On a postitive note the LA scores appear to be steady if not slightly improving. I know there are no easy answers and I'm sure everyone is trying. Maybe there should be more emphasis on the test preparation itself in addition to the overall curriculum.
Lisa Ellis June 01, 2012 at 10:50 PM
If you have interest in test scores you can find more detailed information by going to www.madisonpublicschools.org, click on the “Curriculum and Instruction” tab and then in the menu on the left side of the page, click on “Board Reports” and you will find all the district testing reports going back to 2006-2007. I think you will find that our SAT scores are pretty consistent from year to year. Madison has been an “I” district since at least 1990. The “District Factor Group” rating system was created in 1975 and is updated based on the census data every 10 years. Also, to clarify the piece written above by the superintendent in an excerpt from a narrative that each district submits to the Department of Education with the rest of the data for this report and is not a reaction to the report itself. The narrative is the district’s opportunity to brag about itself and by nature is always very positive.
Slip June 02, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Thanks for the info. Interesting to see the scores with the assessments. I guess your right concerning the overall trend recent SAT scores. Though the 30 point difference between 2 years ago and now seemed fairly significant, at least rank wise it would be. But maybe that was just an exceptional year.
Advocate June 02, 2012 at 06:47 PM
The progress evidenced here is absolutely consistent, not declining. What concerns me is that the rest of the District narrative brags that "Gifted and Talented opportunities are made available beginning at the elementary level," but the position for Gifted and Talented teacher has been eliminated for the 2012-2013 school year!!! What a disappointment, first to eliminate that position clandestinely, and then to brag about its importance!!!

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