Morris County Library > Reference > School districts
There is no official rating or ranking (1..2..3) of NJ schools. The NJ Dept of Education offers many different data reports on districts.
New Jersey mandates three very basic tests in all schools, in grades 4 (ESPA), 8 (GEPA) and 11 (HSPT, High School Proficiency Test). The Star Ledger newspaper provides ranking of these basic test performances (2007-08 school year). School Report Cards provide information on each school's scores for these tests, on education of teachers, AP classes given and SAT scores in high schools, class sizes, etc.
NJ is part of Achieve, a group formed after the 2005 National Summit on High School, to improve high school standards/curricula.
The magazine New Jersey Monthly picks what they think are the top high schools in the state. Be sure to check the introduction, because they have used a slightly different basis for comparison over the years.
Visit district web sites! or call the district and ask for a mailing of information. Find out if bonds for district expansion or improvement have been proposed recently. Did they fail or pass? What about those programs--art, music, athletics, special services--that might be important for your child's needs and skills?
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