Many Garden State residents think that poor-performing schools are confined to low-income neighborhoods in the inner city. Yet according to a new study from the Pacific Research Institute, the data show that public schools in New Jersey’s affluent suburbs are also failing.
The study compiled SAT scores from predominantly middle-class high schools where at least 80 percent of students took the test. At nearly three in 10 schools, more than half of students failed to meet the college readiness benchmark score of 1550.
New Jersey’s middle schools are not doing much better. On the National Assessment of Education Progress, popularly known as the nation’s report card, almost half of middle- and upper-class eighth graders scored below proficiency in reading. More than 40 percent of these kids failed the math test.
Any chance you’d be interested in learning more? I’d love to set you up with Lance Izumi, the study’s author and a nationally known education scholar. He can drill into the data for your local schools — and explain what New Jersey’s schools can do to turn things around.