The New Jersey School Performance Report, an annual report on New Jersey schools, provides parents and other community residents with information on how well schools are performing and how tax dollars are invested in our children’s education.

The School Performance Report is another key element of the monitoring system, providing greater accountability through meaningful public disclosure. The Report Card contains five main sections. First, you will encounter a narrative prepared by the school. This enables parents and other citizens to have the opportunity to see the school through the eyes of those who work there. Second, the report will review basic demographic and organizational data for your school. For most elements, state and district factor group comparisons are offered. This is a data comparison with other districts whose community characteristics are most like ours. Third, the Report Card will depict school level achievement. For Gloucester Township, these scores represent the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers for grades 3-8 in Mathematics and Language Arts, and the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge for Science in grades 4 and 8. This year, the scores represent a significant increase from the baseline scores set a year ago. The district growth outpaced the state. We have made significant efforts to monitor the results for patterns and adjust curriculum and instruction accordingly. The fourth section, concerning graduates, applies only to districts with a high school program. The fifth section includes district level personnel and fiscal information. To assist with interpretation, the Report Card also provides a definitions section for both school and fiscal data elements.

During the 2015-16 school year, the district deepened its commitment to strong instructional programs through professional learning centered on improving understanding and delivery of approved standards. Administration and staff have made and continue to make efforts to deepen our understanding of these programs with the goal of better and more rigorous instruction for all students. A primary focus has been the development and implementation of Next Generation Science Standards. Middle School Science teachers piloted key units before revising and finalizing the program. Elementary teachers began selecting new materials and writing curriculum in preparation for a 2016-17 pilot of materials.

Our district continued to enhance programs to address learning needs in this new era of rigor. Through Title 1 services, a research based Response to Intervention program, a gifted and talented program, and differentiated materials in the classroom, educators in the district continue to strive to meet the needs of diverse learners. In an effort to meet these needs, our district expanded use of data to drive instruction. District and building level analysis of PARCC results, STAR diagnostic testing and district benchmark assessments were used to formatively assess learning and inform instruction for more targeted learning. Teachers and administrators meet regularly to review results and adjust instruction. This systematic work will improve the education for all students.

Technology continues to be a top focus for the district. At the time of this writing, approximately 4000 Chromebooks are in the hands of students throughout the district as teachers use the technology to improve instruction and engagement. Technology is infused into the curriculum with use of the ConnectEd online component of ELA and mathematics programs, along with numerous online licenses that bring blended learning experiences to our students. The district is also moving to purchase the latest interactive SMART boards to improve integration and communication between the teacher and students. Currently, each building has access to a proportionate number of boards.

As always, we have staff available to meet with you if you have questions regarding any of the information contained in your school’s report card. Please feel free to contact your school office for any assistance that you may need.