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South Orange-Maplewood School District Scores Show Slight Uptick

Bob Faszczewski

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • 8:04am

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - At Monday's South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education meeting, district Chief Information Officer Paul Roth reported on student testing and advanced placement results for the 2012-2013 school year.

He noted that, in state language arts assessments in the fourth to eighth and 11th grades, overall, 83 percent of district students scored proficient or better, compared to the 2008-2009 school year, which saw the figure at 78 percent.

Roth added that the percentage of African-American students achieving the proficiency-or-above rating went from 62 to 69 percent.

Scores for special services students went from 33 to 45 percent in the same area.

In mathematics, in the same time period, the percentage achieving at least the proficiency rating rose from 77 to 83 percent among all students, 59 to 67 percent among black students and 40 to 48 percent among special services student, Roth noted.

Among those whose results in the advanced placement tests were recently assessed, 87 percent of those who took the tests scored three or higher. The top score on the tests is five.

Superintendent of Schools Brian Osborne agreed with board Vice-President Sandra Karriem that the district's achievement gap among black and special-services students was narrowing but the district was seeing only “incremental increases” in overcoming its internal gaps and much work still had to be done.

In other business at Monday's meeting, the education body introduced a number of policies that will redefine teacher tenure in order to meet the stricter state staff evaluation mandates.

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