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Freehold Intermediate Identified as Focus School by DOE

The school has been identified as needing targeted support by the new statewide accountability system.

The Christie Administration named a Focus School last week, as part of its new statewide accountability system. This system has been developed from the No Child Left Behind Act.

“This is all part of the NCLB waiver and new accountability system that is going to be implemented in NJ.  Schools will now fall into Priority, Focus, or Reward schools OR be uncategorized,” explained Freehold Borough Schools Superintendent Liz O’Connell.

The rest of the school district falls in the uncategorized category.

According to the Department of Education (DOE), a Focus School is a school with significant but focused areas of concern in student performance over the past three years. As part of the process, Focus Schools will receive targeted and tailored solutions to meet the school’s unique needs.

Freehold Intermediate is one of 183 Focus Schools.

The DOE describes the types of Focus Schools as the following;

• Low Graduation Rates: high schools with a 2011 graduation rate lower than 75%.

• Largest Within-School Gaps: schools with the largest in-school proficiency gap between the highest-performing subgroup and the combined proficiency of the two lowest-performing subgroups. Schools in this category have a proficiency gap between these subgroups of 43.5 percentage points or higher.

• Lowest Subgroup Performance: schools whose two lowest-performing subgroups rank among the lowest combined proficiency rates in the state. Schools in this category have an overall proficiency rate for these lowest-performing subgroups of 29.2% or lower. 

According to O’Connell, Freehold Intermediate School is defined as a Focus School based on the within-school gaps. “Our gap is 46% between our highest-performing subgroup and two lowest-performing subgroups,” she explained.

The next step according to the DOE is to "provide targeted supports to schools with specific achievement concerns in Focus Schools to ensure all students are on track for college and career readiness."

For more information about the new accountability system, click here. For a list of identified schools, click here.

Billy the kid April 18, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I think we need to raise property taxes in the boro and send more money to the school administrators to solve the problem...Please explain to me how our schools are as bad if not worst than some in Newark, Camden, Patterson, Asbury, Neptune, East Orange, Jersey City, Elizabeth, Trenton, Passiac, Irvington, Lakewood, etc....
Margaret April 19, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Our schools are not bad, our students are achieving, however they can do better. Our issue is that our schools need more parental support. It is proven that underachievers can and will do better when they get support from the parents. Our schools are taking PROACTIVE measures to deal with this issue. Parental involvement is steadily increasing and more parents are supporting their children at home. Before you make comments, maybe you should stop in at a BOE meeting to see what is being done.
Mike April 19, 2012 at 08:37 PM
There are 1300 public schools in nj and park ave and flc are in the bottom 200! Even 20 yrs ago, park ave was pushing kids thru..
Joe April 20, 2012 at 09:35 PM
spare me you must be a union teacher!
Margaret April 23, 2012 at 02:02 PM
No, I'm an involved parent... you?

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