Sunday, April 28, 2013
The Montclair school was labeled a 'Reward School' by the New Jersey Department of Education for its exceptionally high academic achievement.
Watchung Elementary School was recently ranked among the best in the state for academic achievement, a recent state report said. The New Jersey Department of Education’s “School Performance Reports" found Watchung School's 456 students in kindergarten through fifth grade in 2011-12 met 100 percent of their state academic targets. In addition, Watchung School was designated a "Reward School," a recognition as one of the highest performing schools in the state in terms of schoolwide academic proficiency and student growth, among other things. There are only 112 Reward Schools in the state. Watchung School students schoolwide were 91 percent proficient in language arts. This ranked the Montclair elementary school in the 97th percentile …
Friday, April 26, 2013
While the Montclair school failed to meet its academic achievement targets, it ranks above most schools in the state when it comes to academics.
Renaissance Middle School at Rand received high marks for academic achievement when compared to schools throughout New Jersey, but failed to meet its state benchmarks in academics and college and career readiness, according to a recent report. These mixed results were part of the New Jersey Department of Education’s “School Performance Reports." The report found the 253 students who Renaissance School in sixth through eighth grade in 2011-12 overall received high grades on the state standardized test New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge, but students managed to meet a lowly 38 percent of their academic benchmarks. Language arts proficiency schoolwide last year was robust 82 percent. This high proficiency rate placed it in the …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The only subgroup of students who missed the state's proficiency target in language arts was white students. They were 79 percent proficient — below the state's 87 percent goal.
Northeast Elementary School passed most of its academic benchmarks in a recent state report, but schoolwide proficency in language arts was low and the school ranked "about average" when compared to schools throughout the state. The New Jersey Department of Education’s “School Performance Reports" found the 457 students attending Northeast School in kindergarten through fifth grade in 2011-12 met 100 percent of their targets for academic growth and college and career readiness, but fell short in academic achievement — meeting 80 percent of their target. The report found that students taking the state standardized test New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge were 68 percent proficient in language arts — below the target of 77 …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Find out if your favorite restaurant was among those that were cited for health code violations last year.
Fifteen restaurants in Montclair were cited for health code violations last year by local inspectors, according to township records. Montclair Heath and Human Services conduct inspections on more than 300 eateries in town each year, which includes restaurants, food stores, mobile vendors, schools and more. Township inspectors assess eateries in more than 50 areas, such as the presence of rodents and insects, how food is stored, temperature control and ventilation. Montclair’s Senior Registered Environmental Health Specialist Keith Costello said inspectors have recently noted hand washing is commonly overlooked in many eateries in town. “Education on hand washing is needed because it is not being done as ... it should be,” said Costello…
The school received averge to low scores when compared to schools in its 'peer group,' about 30 similar schools in the state, and schools statewide.
A state report found Hillside Elementary School failed to meet its academic achievement targets last year and found achievement gaps among its students. The New Jersey Department of Education’s “School Performance Reports" showed the school's 626 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade in 2011-12 scored below the state targets in academic achievement. Total schoolwide proficiency in language arts on the state standardized test New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge was 73.9 percent, below the target of 79.8 percent, and 82.3 percent in math, below the target of 87.6 percent. Black and Hispanic students were also found to be lagging behind their white counterparts in schoolwide achievement scores in language arts and math…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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Tuesday, February 26
Websites like Yelp! have empowered the everyday eater to become their local neighborhood's New York Times food critic, praising and damning behind the anonymity of a computer screen. Some peeved restaurateurs have argued Yelp! is little more than a "forum for the uninformed," a digitally-savvy clan of unsophisticated palates with little-to-no culinary education. True or not, the reviews listed on the website unquestionably impact popular perception. Will you dine at a place one newspaper critic gave a dazzling review to if the same restaurant was scorned by the unwashed masses? Maybe. Maybe not. So how does the average joe review the multitude of restaurants in Montclair? Based on Yelp!'s star ranking, we count down the highest rated …