We have begun reviewing the 2018-2019 NJSLA test score data recently published by the New Jersey Department of Education, and what stands out from summary level statewide data are the racial, economic, and gender disparities:
- Racial disparities are present and relatively consistent throughout all grades, with Asian and White students scoring above the state average and African American and Hispanic students scoring below average
- Economically disadvantaged students consistently score lower, often with the percentage of these students meeting or exceeding expectations being 30% lower than that of their non-economically disadvantaged counterparts
- The gender disparity present in Grade 3 English and Language Arts appears to become more severe by Grade 8. And while 3rd grade boys performed marginally better in Math, girls performed marginally better in Math in 8th grade.
|% of Students Who Met or Exceeded Expectations|
|Grade 3 ELA||Grade 8 ELA||Grade 3 Math||Grade 8 Math|