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Montville Elementary Test Scores Rank Above State Average

Varsity athletic teams won about 59 percent of all games played in the 2011-12 school year.

Montville Township's elementary students have tested as well as, and in most cases better than, comparative districts and the state average according to information presented by Assistant Superintendent Dr. Casey Shorter during Tuesday's board of education meeting.

Shorter presented what Superintendent Dr. Paul Fried said is commonly referred to as the annual "school report card" to the public and board members. Data reflects the 2011-12 school year and includes information from test scores on the NJASK, ACT and SAT exams, as well as AP testing data and athletic achievements.

In his presentation, Shorter compared the district's test scores with others in its District Factor Group (DFG), or similar economic and cultural status, and the state averages. He first reviewed the district's scores on the language arts portion of the NJASK exam.

"In Grade 3, we continue to outperform our counterparts in the language arts area," he said.

Fourth graders showed improvement over the past three years and while fifth graders saw a slight drop in test scores in 2012, scores were still higher than other districts in Montville's DFG. The same held true for sixth graders.

However, seventh graders' test scores in Montville were significantly higher than others in the state and eighth graders also showed improvement. As for the math portion of the test, Shorter said "we continue to score high on the elementary levels."

Third and fourth graders' scores exceeded others' averages, fifth graders' scores were comparable and sixth grade math scores improved. Seventh graders' scores slightly declined and eighth grade scores remained consistent.

Eleventh grade scores in both math and language arts on the NJASK were significantly above the state average, Shorter said, and relatively constant with districts in Montville's DFG. The students also performed well on the ACT exam.

"Montville Township performed quite well in comparison with those groups," he said.

Shorter mentioned the achievements of AP students as well, explaining that the district had 23 AP Scholars, 18 AP Scholars With Honor, 49 AP Scholars With Distinction and 11 National AP Scholars, all of whom scored a 3 or higher on AP exams. Approximately 491 AP exams were given in 23 subjects, Shorter said. 

The students had not only academic accomplishments to be proud of, but athletic achievements as well. Shorter said the school district's varsity teams won 59 percent of all games played and had teams and players that advanced in state sectional championships.

After the presentation, Board President Dr. Karen Cortellino commended Shorter on gathering the information and the district's students and staff members for the accomplishments.

"You proved to us what we knew, that we have a great school district," she said.

poptart November 21, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Always expect to see your sunny disposition in the comment section...Geez you are ALWAYS a downer. Do you ever have anything positive to say?
Mrs. Smith November 21, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Many children are tutored from outside sources. Before Montville can take the credit, they should poll the parents to see if they used tutors. I had to send one of my sons to The Huntington Learning Center the summer between 8th grade and high school. It did him a world of good.
Maxim Sapozhnikov November 21, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Do you have a problem with me, or with veracity of the message? If the latter, state your arguments; if the former, FOAD.
Fact Checker December 07, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Thank you for supporting the NJEA's view that teacher evaluations should not be 50% based on standardized test scores, which are largely out of a classroom teacher's control. As you stated: "The achievements have very little to do with teaching, and much more with motivated children, involved parents..." Following that logic, declines in test scores would have very little to do with LACK of teaching, but more to do with unmotivated students & uninvolved parents. Unless, of course, you're like most other uber-conservatives whose misguided facts and fairy-tale logic only apply when it's convenient for you.
Maxim Sapozhnikov December 07, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I assume "Fact Checker" isn't your real name. Too chicken to sign your opinion, huh? Anyway, I do agree that judging teachers by the results of standardized tests is not a good idea. Not only the scores depend on students much more than teachers, it also pushes teachers to cheat (case in point: the recent scandal in Atlanta). My opinion is that the employment should be "at will", just as it is in private sector. Yes, it opens a window for some abuse (try grading the principal's nephew!) but it is lesser evil than "untouchable" lemons in the classroom.

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