How the school rankings were compiled.
Do you like this story?
Data for the New Jersey Monthly ranking of the state’s high schools were obtained from the state Department of Education’s most recent New Jersey School Report Card (covering the 2010-2011 school year). Only public high schools were included in the list. Due to a lack of data, charter schools were excluded from the rankings. A handful of other schools lacking report-card data also were excluded. A separate list of vocational schools was compiled using a slightly different data set.
Leflein Associates, an independent research company in Ringwood, analyzed the data by first standardizing individual indicator scores so that small differences did not have a disproportionate impact on the ranking, but very large differences were not minimized in the relative scores. These indicators were grouped into three categories. Two of the categories—Student Performance and Student Outcomes—were given a weight of 1.5; School Environment was given a weight of 1. The weighted summary scores for each category were added together to arrive at the final overall score. The schools were ranked according to this score.
Here are the categories and indicators used in the ranking:
School Environment: The sum of the standardized rank scores for average class size; student/faculty ratio; percentage of faculty with advanced degrees; and number of AP tests offered, which was calculated as a ratio of grade 11 and 12 enrollment in order not to penalize smaller schools. (Senior class size is shown in the published charts for reference only; it is not part of the ranking calculation.)
Student Performance: The sum of the standardized rank scores for average combined SAT score; percentage of students showing advanced proficiency on HSPA; and students scoring a 3 or higher on AP tests as a percentage of all juniors and seniors.
Student Outcomes: A single score based on a new graduation-rate calculation (four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate) introduced by New Jersey in 2011, as mandated by the federal government. Essentially, the adjusted cohort formula divides a school’s number of four-year graduates by the number of first-time ninth-graders who entered the cohort four years earlier. For further information, visit state.nj.us/education/data/.
Vocational schools: Schools defined in this category by the state Department of Education were ranked using the same methodology as other public schools, but with two exceptions. No average class size is available for these schools, since many students are shared with mainstream schools. Similarly, there is insufficient data on AP tests.
Special Notes: Some schools were missing only AP-related data, particularly the number of students who scored a 3 or higher on AP tests. For these schools (which had fewer than 10 students who took an AP test) a value was imputed for purposes of the ranking using an average of other schools in their DFG. Also, for certain districts where there were obvious errors in the data (Midland Park, Elizabeth and Paterson), corrections were obtained directly from the districts.
Click here to return to the Top Schools list.
The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical
The Burden of Homework: Stressed For Success?
A New Charter School In Newark Faces Growing Pains
An Expert Discusses the Pros and Cons of Teacher Evaluation
Top Vocational High Schools in New Jersey
Rating New Jersey's Teachers
The Top New Jersey High Schools
Thank you for signing up!
Today, Rosie tells us about Grissini in Englewood Cliffs.
When the skies are clear and the sand is hot, New Jerseyans want to plant their beach bags in Ocean City. The South Jersey destination was voted Best Beach by New Jersey Monthly readers in our Summer Getaways poll.
These are the ties that bind...mats to frames.
Wedding-cake fads come and go: "cakes" assembled from cupcakes, from cookies, from various pastries, from cake lollipops. But the old-fashioned tiered wedding cake remains first in the hearts of most brides. New Jersey is blessed with a number of gifted wedding cake creators.
Spend a fun evening at Dieci Lifestyle Spa in Livingston to help support a worthy cause ...