The Christie Administration named a Reward School last week, as part of its new statewide accountability system which has been developed from the No Child Left Behind Act. Manalapan High School is one of 112 schools throughout New Jersey that has received the Reward School designation.
The Department of Education (DOE) defines a Reward School as being one of the highest performing and/or showing the highest progress over the past three years within student achievement or growth. Manalapan High School has been classified as one of the highest performing schools, meaning it is one of the highest performing schools in the state in terms of school-wide proficiency, subgroup proficiency, and graduation rates.
Besides the Reward classification, some schools throughout the state were also classified as Priority or Focus by the DOE. A Priority school is among the lowest performing five percent of schools in the state over the past three years and a Focus School is a school that has room for improvement, according to the DOE.
“Obviously, we are pleased that Manalapan has been bestowed the 'reward' distinction and that the other schools within the FRHSD have received no designation (Priority or Focus) that would lead to increased accountability to the state,” Superintendent Charles Sampson said. “The FRHSD is a high performing district and we expect to continue on that path within any school classification system within the state.”
Other local high schools that received the Reward designation include all five Monmouth County Vocational schools: Communications High School, High Technology High School, Marine Academy of Science and Technology and Academy of Allied Health and Sciences.
“This program recognizes outstanding education while sending extra assistance to help schools overcome hurdles,” Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini said in a press release. “It’s the right way to improve education throughout the state by fixing what is broken and encouraging successful programs to continue to do what is working well for students.”
According to the DOE, this is the first time the state has assigned designations to public schools by taking into account both proficiency and growth in order to impart a more accurate idea of school performance and what each individual school needs.
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