Annually the New Jersey Department of Education releases the School Performance Reports for each school. The most recent reports reflect data from the 2016-2017 school year and were released to the public on January 12, 2018.
School Performance Reports Overview
School Performance Reports are one of New Jersey’s three primary accountability systems, which also include federal accountability for schools under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and state accountability for districts under the Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC). Each of these systems comes with a unique set of indicators and/or requirements and collectively defines accountability for education in New Jersey.
School Performance Reports were first developed for the 2011-12 school year with the input of stakeholders. The Department continues to rely on stakeholder input to ensure the reports provide a holistic picture of school performance. As one of the most critical school accountability systems in New Jersey, the Department is continually looking for ways to improve the readability and usability of these reports. The goal is to provide all members of the local community a picture of how students are demonstrating skills and behaviors indicative of college and career readiness and what type of educational experiences the students have available to them.
The Department anticipates that some viewers of the School Performance Reports may try to utilize them to create a summative ranking of schools, akin to a “Best New Jersey Schools” list. The NJDOE discourages the use of the reports for this purpose. While the School Performance Reports bring attention to important student outcomes, they do not present data about other essential elements of a school, such as the provision of opportunities to participate and excel in extracurricular activities; the development of non-cognitive skills like time management and perseverance; or the presence of a positive school culture or climate.
Links to the reports for the Montville Township Schools are provided below: