Montclair Public Schools Deemed "High Performing"

The school district underwent a performance review earlier this year.


The New Jersey State Department of Education has deemed the Montclair Public Schools as "high performing" in five key areas following a recent performance review, the Montclair school district announced in a statement.

The news was released on the district's website Tuesday, the same day its biennial ranking of public high schools showing that Montclair High School had fallen from 94th to 99th place between 2010 and 2012.

According to the school district's statement, public schools here underwent a Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC) district performance review during the spring.

The district received high scores in the following: Instruction and Program (87%), Fiscal Management (100%), Governance (100%), Operations (95%) and Personnel (100%).

The QSAC is the Department of Education’s monitoring and evaluation system for public school districts. The system focuses on monitoring and evaluating school districts in five key components that, based on research, have been identified to be key factors in effective school districts.

According to the official document outlining the results, “Acting Commissioner [Christopher] Cerf will recommend to the State Board of Education that the district be certified as providing a thorough and efficient system of education for a period of three years or until the next QSAC review.”

“We are proud of the hard work that each and every member of the Montclair Public Schools’ team has contributed to this successful evaluation,” said Interim Schools Superintendent Clarence Hoover.

Hoover will serve as superintendent until Nov. 1, 2012,

tryintosurvive August 22, 2012 at 12:33 PM
There you have it. Case closed. I guess nothing needs to be improved. In related news, the economy is doing just fine, and world peace is just days away.
mtc parent August 22, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Fiscal management gets a 100% score. Is that because we had a huge surprise surplus?
Cary Africk August 22, 2012 at 01:38 PM
I trust people understand there are only TWO classifications: High Performing and Non Performing? I trust people understand that the QSAC evaluation is a "self evaluation?" Cary Africk
WC August 22, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Any word on the MH Vice Principal back tuition situation? From the incoming Supt? or from the BOE?
Shelley Emling (Editor) August 22, 2012 at 01:40 PM
No word, but there is a public school board meeting coming up on Monday night.
tryintosurvive August 22, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Well that information seems pretty important, and I don't think that it is know by everyone. The headline should be reworded to: "The Montclair Public Schools have done a review and have categorized themselves as High Performing"
Peter Simon August 22, 2012 at 02:18 PM
This evaluation is just as non-sensical--in terms of the useable information that it could possibly convey to parents--as the lists from NJ Monthly and NJ.com, for the reasons that Cary gives above. I was too harsh toward Shelley yesterday, but the overarching idea behind my criticism still stands: the only thing that can really help parents and taxpayers judge the quality of the schools in Montclair is a LOT of dialogue, with lots of supporting evidence, both quantitative and (arguably more importantly) anecdotal, among all of the stakeholders. And the responsibility of our local news-and-discussion outlets is to facilitate that dialogue and to help us see the real issues by digging deeper than press releases and 'best' lists.
Shelley Emling (Editor) August 22, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Certainly we've covered issues such as school lunches, small learning communities, etc. in depth .. and am happy to cover more. With 3 kids and loads of friends with kids, I feel I know the schools around here pretty well. If there is a specific issue you'd like to see covered, let's talk about it Peter. No problem. And of course I'll be at Monday night's school board meeting. Hope to see you there!
Shelley Emling (Editor) August 22, 2012 at 04:32 PM
School board meeting has just been moved from Monday, Aug. 27 to Tuesday, Sept. 4.
Montclair Public August 23, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Proud American, i hope you are not a product of Montclair schools because if you are, then you didn't learn how to spell. "their are many?" But you're so proud!
Peter Simon August 23, 2012 at 06:28 PM
What we need as a town and a school district is to consider just how damaging the whole culture of "education reform" and supposed "accountability" really is to school districts that have traditionally been exceptional learning communities. It's a rat-race that we should consider rebelling against. This post by an educator in Canada does a great job of explaining why standardized tests, and the rankings that flow from them, don't tell us what we think they are telling us: http://www.joebower.org/2012/08/what-do-standardized-test-scores-tell-us.html
tryintosurvive August 23, 2012 at 07:24 PM
WC August 23, 2012 at 08:10 PM
According to the Mtc Times:http://www.northjersey.com/news/167076045_Montclair_school_district_to_pursue_tuition_from_ex-administrator.html?page=all
WC August 23, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Sorry, bad post. According to the Montclair Times: http://www.northjersey.com/news/167076045_Montclair_school_district_to_pursue_tuition_from_ex-administrator.html?page=all
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