SAT Score Report to Include a New Measure of Adversity (or Privilege)

The Wall Street Journal recently reported new details about the The College Board’s plans to calculate an adversity score to every student who takes the SAT.  The adversity score incorporates 15 factors related to crime, poverty, family, and education to provide admissions officers an indication of how much hardship students have overcome, or alternatively, how much privilege students have enjoyed.

What specific factors will be included?

  • Neighborhood Crime Rate
  • Neighborhood Poverty Rate
  • Neighborhood Housing Values
  • Neighborhood Vacancy Rate
  • Median Family Income
  • Single Parent Household
  • Family Education Level
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Undermatching
  • Curricular Rigor
  • Free Lunch Rate
  • AP Opportunity

Standardized test scores, like the SAT, are often the target of criticism, as students of wealthy, educated parents on average perform better than their peers, and the PARCC scores summarized here on Jersey City Ed are no exception.  Some of the statistics quoted by the WSJ, sourced from the College Board, support the notion that test scores are too heavily influenced by race and socioeconomic factors:

Average SAT Scores by Race

  • Asian: 1223
  • White: 1123
  • Overall: 1068
  • Hispanic: 990
  • Black: 946

Average SAT Scores by Household Income

  • >$200,000:                1230
  • $140,001-$200,000: 1170
  • $100,001-$140,000: 1140
  • $80,001-$100,000:   1120
  • $60,001-$80,000:     1090
  • $40,001-$60,000:     1060
  • $20,000-$40,000:     1020
  • <$20,000:                  970

Average SAT Scores by Highest Education Level

  • Graduate Degree:          1197
  • Bachelor’s Degree:        1129
  • Associate Degree:          1039
  • High-school diploma:   1005
  • No diploma:                    944

The College Board acknowledges that the college admissions process may be too heavily influenced by wealth, privilege, and connections, and while it says the SAT score should be not be used in isolation to rank students or colleges, the College Board stands by its effort to offer colleges this one objective measure of aptitude.  Now they seek to create an objective measure of adversity, too.

Tour for Prospective Parents of PS 22 (Webb) and PS 37 (Cordero)

Jeana Corker, parent and volunteer, is coordinating a tour of PS 22 (Webb Elementary) for prospective parents. Following a tour of the classrooms, there will be a Q&A with a few current pre-K 3 parents of both Cordero and Webb elementary schools.

It will be held on Thursday, May 16 at 6:30pm. Dr. Anderson, principal of PS 22, has offered to host the event at PS 22, located at 264 Van Horne St.

Please RSVP by commenting on this post or reaching out to us via our contact us page.

2018 PARCC Test Score Data Now Available

On October 20, 2018, we detected an update on the State of New Jersey’s website when 2018 statewide PARCC Test data was released.  We have analyzed the data and reported the results on our PARCC Score Reports page.

2018 PARCC Test Scores Overview Jersey City

What are the main takeaways this year?

High Schools: McNair and Infinity Institute remain the top performing high schools in the area by a wide margin.  County Prep and Liberty High School rank as the next two schools.

Middle Schools: Infinity and AEP at MS 4 and Academy 1 remain the top performing middle schools.

Grammar Schools: Soaring Heights Charter School, LCCS, PS 5, and PS 27 all ranked quite highly among schools accommodating both elementary and middle school students.  Soaring Heights ranked number one, while PS 27 Alfred Zampella had 44 8th grade students that performed on par with AEP students on the Algebra 1 test.

Elementary Schools: PS 16 remains the positive outlier among elementary schools, but Jersey City Global Charter School and PS 6 rank as the next two schools.  Right on their heels are PS 33 and PS 25.

For more information on PARCC scores for Jersey City Public Schools, check out the JCBOE’s 2018 performance report here.

Jersey City Council Meeting – Tuesday, November 20, 2018 – Payroll Tax

On Tuesday at the Jersey City Council meeting, the Payroll Tax proposal is on the agenda and open to public comment.  There is no doubt that there will be both strong support and opposition to this new proposed tax on all private employers’ payrolls of non-Jersey City residents (the tax is not levied on individual employee’s wages).  The tax revenues are intended to support the budget gap that Jersey City Public Schools face as the State of New Jersey begins to withdraw the funding that has long supported the city’s public schools.

For more information, check out the following links: