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Fort Lee High School Still Among State’s Top 100, Drops in Rankings

Fort Lee High School went from number 72 in 2010 to 97 in New Jersey Monthly’s biennial report, which is based on a formula compiled from state Department of Education data for the 2010-2011 school year.

once again ranked among the state’s top 100 high schools, according to New Jersey Monthly’s biennial report, but the local school dropped from 72 in 2010 to 97, according to a formula based on state Department of Education (DOE) data for the 2010-2011 school year.

The data upon which New Jersey Monthly’s rankings are based comes from the DOE’s most recent New Jersey School Report Card and includes only public high schools for the top 100 schools, according to the publication, with charter schools left out of the mix.

According to New Jersey Monthly, the following categories were used “as indicators” in compiling the rankings:

  • School Environment, which includes such data as average class size, student-faculty ratio, faculty with advanced degrees and AP tests offered.
  • Student Performance, including average SAT scores, students scoring 3 or more on AP tests and the percentage of students achieving advanced proficiency on HSPA.
  • Student Outcomes, which is based on a new, federally mandated graduation rate calculation implemented by New Jersey in 2011 that “divides a school’s number of four-year graduates by the number of first-time ninth-graders who entered the cohort four years earlier,” according to New Jersey Monthly.

New Providence High School in Union County, which ranked fifth in 2010, was the number one high school in the state, according to New Jersey Monthly. New Providence was followed in the rankings by Jersey City’s McNair Academic; Tenafly; Glenn Rock, which rose from number 28, and Kinnelon, which was up from number 21 in 2010, to round out the top five, the report shows.

Howard L. Pearl August 27, 2012 at 12:36 PM
The BOE has consistently stated that Fort Lee education has been steadily improving in the rankings. Clearly, this news is extremely disappointing. Mr. Engravalle clearly has his work ahead of him. If the Board members were to support him unilaterally, and if they were to make an effort to support each other, there may be hope on the horizon. It is understandable that BM is so critical of the BOE: he claims to be a product of the Fort Lee School system which obviously failed him completely.
Art Elmers August 27, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Let's look at the Data. I looked at the Data for the Top 100 High Schools and noticed a couple of trends. First and I believe the most important was that class size matters. Fort Lee has a class size average of 23.1 students per class. Of the 96 schools ranked higher (Montville, #39, being the highest ranked), only seven had an average class size larger than Fort Lee. Second was the percentage of students who achieved a score of 3 or higher on their AP tests. A total of 82 schools scored higher than our 69.3%. This was a hugh drop from the 86% we had in the 2010 rankings. This could indicate that perhaps we did not prepare our students as well for AP tests or that maybe many more students took AP classes and tests and therefore less scored 3 or above. Our SAT average scores dropped from 1654 in 2010 to 1610. 52 schools had a higher SAT average than Fort Lee. The percentage of students ranking advanced proficient in the HSPA language and math tests improved from 19% to 28% in language and stayed basically the same 33% to 32% in math. Since these tests are taken by all students, I believe the SAT and AP changes are the result of more non-traditional students taking those tests. After review, it is clear that if we want to see our High School ranked higher, we need to reduce class size and evaluate why our AP and SAT score dropped.
William Mays August 27, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Actually the school system was pretty good when I went there. It didn't fail me Howard and it isn't failing my kids. Seems like you were bullied in school or something because you make yourself feel better by insulting other people. Pretty bad insults too.
William Mays August 27, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I think the AP Score dropped as a result of the open class policies. They should make people take a test before allowing them into AP classes if they weren't recommended by their teachers.
Luca D. September 26, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I never graduated high school, but I got my G.E.D. through the mail.

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