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