Students still appear to be struggling in school two years after pandemic shutdowns, according to new data from the New Jersey Department of Education.
The NJ School Performance Report released data from the 2021-2022 school year. The report shows that chronic absentee rates still remain high, particularly in South Jersey districts. Graduation rates remained steady overall, but some districts in low-income districts saw a decline.
170 new schools were identified as ‘low-performing’ Title I schools in need of support for the academic 2023-2024 year.
The report also covers achievement measures, including SAT, PSAT, and ACT test scores, dual enrollment and Advanced Placement course participation, dropout rates, enrollment, and discipline statistics.
“Our annual School Performance Reports provide a wealth of information that can be used by the community to engage in thoughtful conversations,” said Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan, Acting Commissioner of
“While this data does not fully capture the unique circumstances and efforts of each school community, these reports are one important tool that can be used to identify successes and challenges, engage in dialogue, and work collectively toward improving the education and supports provided to all students,” she said.