If you have any school-aged children, knowing about the NJ School Performance Report can be an important part of choosing where to live. Even if you don’t have a school-aged child, knowing about how well the school district in your town performs is an important part of being an active community member and voter for your town. It is your tax dollars, and knowing that they are being used to their best advantage is comforting and satisfying. The NJ School Performance Report is compiled of the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE). It uses a variety of indicators to assess schools’ performances, like SAT/ACT scores, graduation rates, and state test scores. The report is a way for educators and for you, as a parent or community member, to know how your school district measures up to other schools in the state. It also compares your school to the statewide average. The report lets you and educators know how they measure up to statewide targets for these indicators.
The NJ School Performance Report evaluate the level of “college readiness” that students have in school based on their attendance and factors like, AP test participation and performance, that shows a propensity for future endeavors. The report also includes the percentage of students in a district that go to post-secondary institutions, like universities. It gives you a chance to see the school district’s strengths and weakness and the use of the information to see which school district would be a better fit for the type of child you have and the education you feel will be best for them.
For those who don't have a child but choose to be an active voter for your town, consider the NJ School Performance Report as a way to determine what you should vote for. School budgets are a constant debate that changes annually. It is important for you to vote for children's needs because going to a "good" school can open many different doors for children. The better the school, the better the opportunities for further education. Good education is invaluable as a resource in the real world. Your vote can negatively impact the educational system. If you notice that the school district in your town isn't faring well based on the school performance report, perhaps take that into consideration. Maybe there should be a need for an increase of budget.
If you aren't looking to vote when you move into your town, think otherwise. Wouldn't you want to be informed of what your community is doing for a better future? Nonetheless, you also shouldn't be surprised if there is a tax increase. Many should invest in time to know where their tax dollars are going to.
The educational system is always in need for improvement. Our children are the faces of the future, if they aren't getting the best kind of education they should be receiving, be more involved in the community. School performance reports are a good way to inform you whether or not your school district is doing well.
"NJ School Performance Reports“ Interpretive Guide." State of New Jersey Department of Education. NJ Department of Education, n.d. Web. 22 July 2014.