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Long Branch High School's Academic Performance Below State, Peer Averages

The New Jersey Department of Education recently released school performance reports.

Long Branch High School received low marks on academic achievement compared to its peers and state averages according to data released by the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) last week.

The state's new performance reports, which replace the school report cards issued in past years, rates schools on standardized test results, college and career readiness and student growth at the middle school level. 

The performance report looks at a school's ranking compared to the rest of the state and to a peer group with a similar demographic. Long Branch High School's peers included Weehawken High School, Pinelands Regional, South Amboy High School Trenton Central High School West among others.

Long Branch High School was outperformed by 83 percent of the state and 82 percent of its peer group on academic achievement, which takes into account New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) results.

On the college and career readiness metric, which considers chronic absence results and the number of high schoolers taking college readiness test and AP courses, Long Branch High School ranked in the 52nd percentile in the state and 63rd percentile in its peer group.

Long Branch outperformed 26 percent of the state and 47 percent of peers on the report's graduation and post-secondary metric, which measures the rate at which students who begin high school four years earlier graduate within four years.

Schools scoring above the 80th percentile are considered very high performing; the 60th to 79.9th percentile is high performing; the 40th to 59.9th percentile is average performing; the 20th to 39.9th percentile is lagging; and scores below the 19.9th percentile are considered significantly lagging, according the state's scoring metric.

To see how other schools in the area fared, click the link here: http://education.state.nj.us/pr/nav.php?c=25

Lou April 23, 2013 at 10:57 AM
Big Nutshell, but its been like that for all school districts.
John Kerwin April 23, 2013 at 02:51 PM
How the LB schools have fallen academically over the years has been amazing and somewhat predictable. I've heard that they have built all shinny new schools but the teachers do not have books or supplies to give to their students. New buildings do not make good students. The fault for this starts at the top with the Superintendent. Also the teachers need the backing of the administration and if they don't get it that causes huge problems in many areas. Teachers cannot do it all. They need help from the administrators and staying in their offices during the day is not a way to make the schools better.
Peter Koenig April 23, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Thanks to you and all for contributing to this discussion. (Now, will the admin ever speak?) IMHO, the problems faced by students at LBHS with advanced intellectual potential isn't just, or even chiefly, the misbehavior of other students. The main problem is the intellectual poverty of the curriculum in so-called advanced and AP classes, combined with over-enrollment in those classes to artificially inflate certain statistics. A class moves at the pace of its least-able student. That's not the teacher's fault: it's the system. The AP failure rate is proof of this. If 75%+ of students in a given class fail the AP test (and thus the course - regardless of the grades on their report cards) then there's a systemic problem. Since the reporting of AP stats was gutted a few years ago, we don't even know the percentage or number of LBHS students scoring the "5" they need for credit at a top college. We (OK, I) do know that despite some truly superb teachers, many AP courses don't even finish the syllabus. This characterizes other classes and other grade-levels as well. The politically-correct approach is to force every child into remedial-level classes because some children need it. Minds are terrible things to waste. The years wasted in the morass of "Success For All" and similar pedagogical absurdities are lost forever.
Murray April 23, 2013 at 11:51 PM
I completely agree! I know many LB teachers and I know for a fact they are awesome teachers dealing with a bunch of parents who do not care. If the kids are raised with no value for education and the parents simply use the school system as a babysitter then of course there will be low marks no matter how hard teachers try.
anonymous April 27, 2013 at 06:53 PM
But yet no one here blames the students? I am a student at LBHS who has pushed myself to my limit, and achieved success. I consistently get Advanced Proficient or even perfect scores on the NJ PASS, and this year the HSPA, and am in the top 4% of my class. Now, I sorta kinda crumble under pressure, so I didn't do too well on my SAT's the first time (1710). However, it is in my humble opinion that LBHS kids have potential, but weed, alcohol, molly and sex is more important to them than their future.

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