TRENTON, NJ— Today, the New Jersey Department of Education celebrated seven New Jersey school districts that have demonstrated student academic progress by using data to address student needs, setting high expectations, and providing innovative and responsive supports.

JerseyCAN’s Executive Director, Janellen Duffy, issued the following statement in praise of the seven honorees:

“Today, we heard from Lighthouse District Mainland Regional High School about how their district is using PARCC data to respond to specific student needs in English and math.  This rich student-level data has proven to be an invaluable tool as it is both actionable and specific.

“More importantly, Mainland Regional High School raised a very important point about equity.  We can’t allow the top performers in our schools to mask performance of low-income students or other student subgroups.  The data provided by PARCC is crucially important so that we can begin to tackle inequities in our education system and meet the needs of all students.

“Kudos to the seven districts honored today.  They are truly beacons of light in New Jersey education.”



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