The NJ Department of Education released its annual School Report for the 2009-2010 school year yesterday. These annual report cards contain detailed statistical profiles of all traditional public and charter schools in the areas of school environment, student information, student performance indicators, staff information, and district and charter financial information.
The method is explained on the website: “To make valid comparisons, the Department compares similar districts, but the Report Cards include spending only on categories shared by all districts. For example, some districts do not have transportation costs, and so no transportation costs are included in per pupil comparison spending. This Departmental policy, which has been evolving over the past 15 years, is currently under review.”
We decided to compare the following:
- Class size
- Percentage of students with IEPs (Individualized Education Program), which falls into the Students With Disabilities category
- Percentage of students with Limited English Proficiency
- Average SAT scores
- Percentage of students present on average each day
- Total drop out rates
- Graduation rates
- Percentage of graduating seniors pursuing various self-reported post-high school plans.
- Total cost per pupil
Here is a chart showing side by side data of Baristaville High Schools. Click on image for a larger view:
To view the complete reports, as well as see state averages and how schools did in the past, click here.