NEW JERSEY – The New Jersey Department of Education this week publicly posted the state’s school performance reports for the 2019-2020 school year.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting federal waiver of the requirement for statewide student assessments in the spring of 2020, some data is not available in the 2019-2020 School Performance Reports, including but not limited to statewide assessment participation and performance, student growth, and chronic absenteeism.
However, the reports still contain a wide variety of information on student demographics, such as SAT/PSAT/ACT participation and performance; course participation including Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and dual enrollment courses; discipline data; staff information; graduation and postsecondary rates; and district narratives.
“We have always stated that the annual School Performance Reports serve as a springboard for discussion,” said Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan, Acting Commissioner of Education. “These discussions are more important now than ever before as students, staff, and others in the school community navigate this difficult time.”
The 2019-2020 reports include changes that respond to stakeholder feedback collected over the last several
years and during the COVID-10 pandemic. These changes include:
• New report design with improved visuals and new navigational tools;
• Additional data about graduation cohorts to provide more information about students who do
• New resources to help explain the impact of COVID-19 on the availability of data in the reports; and
• A new narrative field, “Learning during COVID-19,” to give districts an opportunity to share information
on how they responded to the global pandemic.