The state Education Department has released the results of statewide testing in English Language Arts and mathematics from the spring.
At OESJ, the results show that in most grades, the proficiency levels (levels 3 and 4), exceeded 40 percent and topped 50 percent in some cases. The proficiency result means that students tested at or above the state’s standards in that subject.
The only exceptions were on the grade 5 ELA, grade 7 ELA, grade 8 ELA and mathematics tests, where the proficiency rates were below 40 percent.
Statewide, 45.2 percent of students taking the ELA exam and 44.5 taking the mathematics exams were proficient.
The opt-out or test refusal rate declined statewide by one percent point in 2018 – to 18 percent, from 19 percent in 2017 and 21 percent in 2016.
At OESJ, the opt-out rate also declined, standing at 17.1 percent for the ELA exams and 20 percent on the mathematics exams. The 2017 opt-out figures were 20.7 percent for ELA and 25.4 percent for mathematics.