New N.J. tests scores just dropped and they’re absolutely horrific

Bad? You have no idea!

Laura Waters of the New Jersey Education Report attended a Thursday DOE meeting and saw a preview of NJ Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA) and New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment (NJGPA) results.

The NJGPA scores were horrific. Only 39.4% of students passed the English Language Arts assessment and 49.5% passed in math. This is the required-by-law test for soon-to-be high school graduates, and it raises real questions as to whether the state’s allegedly wonderful public schools are preparing kids for post-secondary existence.

Leftists who claim to work so hard for non-white students will also be surprised to learn that 74% of Hispanic students and 4 in 5 (!!!!) black students failed the English Language Arts examination. Meanwhile, the NJSLA results showed drops in proficiency since 2019 (before the Covid-19 lockdowns). For example, in 8th Grade mathematics, only 15.4% of students were deemed proficient, a nearly 14% dip from 2019. 

Click here to check out Laura’s full report.

Next up: city-by-city data which looks to be depressing whenever (if ever?) we see it. The aforementioned test score preview data wasn’t searchable on the DOE website as of Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

“Let me be clear — the NJDOE’s decision to hold back the release of the spring student assessment data until now is educational malpractice,” reacted Assemblywoman Vicky Flynn (R-13), a former Holmdel school board president. “It is unacceptable and fails to provide school districts, teachers, and parents with the guidance required to support the students of this State.”

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