State Report Card Grades New Milford's Performance

Report reflects SOD's position regarding the proposed residential portion of the United Water property development--New Milford's classrooms are overcrowded.

The New Jersey Department of Education released report cards for the performance of every school in the state during the 2010-11 year Thursday.

Students at  generally had a greater percentage of proficient scores than their peers in the state and the District Factor Group (DFG) — which measures schools from socio-economically similar areas — on both the language arts and math sections of the HSPA test.

However, the average SAT score from New Milford High School was slightly lower than the state and the DFG average in the verbal and essay portions, more so in math.

The high school far surpassed the state average in Grades 11 and 12 participation in Advanced Placement programs. New Milford High School averaged 47.7 percent while the state average is 39.9 percent.

The report also seems to strengthen 's (Stop Over Development) argument that the proposed residential portion of the will burden an already overburdened school system. The state's report shows that New Milford High School has an average classroom size of 22.4 percent versus the state average of 19.1 percent. 

At the May 17 special meeting of the Zoning Board, John DeSantis questioned Hekemian's expert on affordable housing, Dr. David Kinsey, regarding . Kinsey replied that he did not take that into account when determining the inherently beneficial use of the property. 

Lori Barton, SOD's Communications Chair, cited overcrowded classrooms as negative criteria as defined under a D-1 variance. 

The school had a 92.90 percent graduation rate.

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Jim Prendergast June 05, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Likewise, if you look at the report cards for the other schools in town, you will see that they all hover around the same state averages. If we want to see more success at the high school level, we must continue with the changes to the K-8 system as well. If we don’t try, we’ve already failed. If we try and we aren’t successful, we learn from it and try again. You should also take a look U.S. News for their profile on New Milford schools. While their information is from the 2009-10 school year, it offers a slightly different presentation of the data along with the district’s achievement gap and college readiness index (http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/new-jersey/districts/new-milford/new-milford-high-school-12666 ) The district narrative is well written and speaks to the potential for constant improvements and commitment to provide a quality educational experience in New Milford. (http://education.state.nj.us/rc/rc11/narrative/03/3550/03-3550-000.html ) It’s up to us to support the district by becoming involved in the process whether it be by offering ideas, voicing concerns, or holding the district accountable for what it promises to deliver. With all of the changes on the horizon in New Milford, it’s imperative that we continue to push for quality education. Don’t be vocal only for what you feel is wrong, but speak up for what you see is right. The future of New Milford kids is the future of New Milford.
Big Ben June 05, 2012 at 09:43 PM
My understanding is that while a very few colleges accept an AP score of 3 for college credit, most require a score of 4 or 5. Very few of our students score 4 or 5. Many of our students are placed into AP classes which gives us a nice number, but very few achieve success.
Jim Prendergast June 06, 2012 at 12:23 PM
I wouldn't say most, but yes quite a few HE institutions have raised the minimum to a 4. 3 is still used to establish a baseline in the K-12 arena to help determine the effectiveness of an AP class
Big Ben June 06, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Off hand, I know of no four-year college that accepts a 3 but I will concede that some may exist. 4 has been the cut off as far back as I can remember. I believe that the effectiveness of an AP Program is determined by the number and percentage of those enrolled who actually receive college credit. The big scam is the number of Spanish-speaking students who are enrolled in Spanish AP classes as a foreign language. Subtract these from the total of those scoring 4 or higher and you might come to the conclusion that the AP Program is little more than a boondoggle. Enrolling students to pump up numbers only fools those who want to be fooled.
Paige June 09, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Big Ben - It is interesting that you came to your conclusion about what I am happy with based on the fact that I do not agree with your comment about "going down the toilet". Thinking that good things are happening and thinking that there is nothing more we need to do are two very different things. There are so many facets to a quality, well rounded education. The administration, teachers, support staff, curriculum, course offerings, arts, athletics, extra curricular activities and setting education as a priority in the home all have an impact on student achievement. We do have more to do to bring New Milford Schools to where we want to be, but we are heading up, not down.


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