Manalapan High School Among Highest Performing Schools in NJ

Manalapan High School has received a Reward distinction from the Department of Education based on its high performance in proficiency and graduation rates.

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.

Jim Sage April 18, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Only one school in the FRHSD has received this prestigious award from the Christie administration: Manalapan High School. It was under Mr. Simon's leadership that this happened--and yet, they suspend him looking for his job. Not only is this disgraceful, it is going to be a very lengthy and costly boondoggle. Mr. Simon will undoubtedly prevail, and will sue the district for unlawful termination, and creating a hostile work environment. Reinstate Mr. Simon now!
louis April 19, 2012 at 12:02 AM
In response to the comment by Rationalis, the top 12 students are one for one S&E and Manalapan. Although there is some statistcal influence, to dismiss the Manalapan students is absured and petty on your part.
Jim Sage April 19, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Nice award. Too bad Mr. Sampson, superintendent, did not recognize by name Mr. Simon for this achievement. Oh yeah, wait! He is in the process of terminating his employment due to politics. Looks like Mr. Simon's accusation of illegal tuition reimbursement among "certain" employees, is in fact true.
Morgan April 24, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Nice time to shake up the administration and staff...
jacksonryatt April 25, 2012 at 02:11 AM
to be fair, the science and engineering students don't perform particularly different on standardized tests such as the HSPAs as you might think, especially on the language arts portion


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