Many N.J. Schools See Drop in Grad Rate Under New Statewide Formula

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

District officials had mixed reactions to the release of graduation rates for each New Jersey district and public high school Tuesday. The figures use a revamped formula that has clipped back previously reported rates.

Some officials said the new rates just underscore additional work that needs to be done in their districts. Others said more work needs to be done on the new formula, required by the federal government.

While announcing plans Monday for new high school state assessments, Gov. Chris Christie had announced that the statewide graduation rate under the new system is 83 percent, rather than the nearly 95 percent that had been cited under the old formula.

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