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NJ Spotlight's Interactive Map: High School Graduation Rates

Under new formula, the number of seniors at Millburn H.S. receiving diplomas was 98.7 percent in 2011.

Editor’s Note: The graduation rate last year at Millburn High School was 98.7 percent, according to new state data.

The New Jersey Department of Education yesterday released 2011 graduation rates for high schools that were largely lower, in some cases significantly lower, than prior years.

Statewide, the rate calculated using the “four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate” formula now required by the federal government was 83 percent for last spring’s high school seniors. For the Class of 2010, the graduation rate -- largely self-reported by schools -- was 94.7 percent for New Jersey.

Last year, nine of the state’s 392 schools had perfect graduation rates. That’s almost 90 percent fewer than the 82 schools that reported all seniors had graduated in 2010. Similarly, four schools reported that fewer than half of students graduated in 2010, while last year, that number had risen to a dozen.

“As we look at these new graduation rates across the state, the question we must continue to ask ourselves is not only whether students are graduating from high school, but whether we are truly preparing them to be ready for the demands of the 21st century,” said Christopher Cerf, the state’s acting education commissioner.

“We continue to be among the leaders in the nation, but we can still do more to make sure every child, regardless of zip code, has an equal opportunity in life,” he said.

Because this is the first year New Jersey is using the new methodology to calculate the graduation rate, direct comparisons to previous year’s rates are not possible.

The new formula calculates the graduation rate for the senior class by using the entering 9th grade class as a baseline and considers transfers throughout the four years.

Use NJ Spotlight’s interactive map to see the 2011 graduation rate for schools across the state by clicking on it. You can zoom into the map to better locate a school. Or you can view the .pdf file (click here) of all schools and districts in the state.

Read the full story in NJ Spotlight @ Interactive Map here.

NJ Spotlight is an online news service providing insight and information on issues critical to New Jersey.

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