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New Jersey improves high school graduation rates


New Jersey improves high school graduation rates

DECEMBER 3, 2014, 12:16 PM    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2014, 9:28 AM

A small arts-themed high school in Paterson and a large Bergen County magnet school had perfect graduation rates in 2014 and were the only schools in their counties to achieve that distinction in a year when graduation rates went up across North Jersey, reflecting a statewide trend, according to state data released on Wednesday.

Across New Jersey, 88.6 percent of students who entered high school in 2010 graduated last spring, up about one percentage point from the year before. Throughout the state, minorities and low-income students had larger gains than the average student, but the achievement gaps remained wide.

The largest gains were in places like Paterson, Garfield, Cliffside Park and Passaic that are lower-income, urban and home to many immigrants. Those districts have made targeted efforts to help more students graduate by creating smaller schools, using more support staff and allowing failing students to make up credit via online classes, among other methods. Graduation rates at many smaller suburban districts stayed mostly steady, with only tiny gains or dips, largely because they have had strong graduation rates for years.

In Bergen and Passaic counties, a 100 percent graduation rate was achieved at two high-performing, but very different high schools.

2 thoughts on “New Jersey improves high school graduation rates

  1. Many are graduating but not college ready.

  2. Don’t forget to thank Patterson for contributing 19 to the total…

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