2018-2019 NJSLA and PARCC Assessment Results Now Available

The New Jersey Department of Education just published statewide NJSLA and PARCC test scores for the 2018-2019 school year. Look for our school by school analysis soon on Jersey City Ed, after we sift through the Jersey City and Hudson County test data over the next few weeks. For last year’s analysis, check out our PARCC Score Reports page.

NJSLA is the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment and PARCC is Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. You can learn more about the changes made to the PARCC last school year here.

Bus Transportation from Jersey City Heights (and other locations) to MS4

Interested in bus transportation from Jersey City Heights or other locations to MS4?  If so, take a look at this bus transportation flyer and call 201-344-9829 or 201-780-2714 for more information.  This application is from a private bus service that is providing transportation for other Jersey City school students.  It’s generally easier to maintain a bus route with a critical mass of participating students, so the parents are looking for more families to join.

We know private bus transportation options are limited, but please do your own due diligence in selecting a transportation provider.  Jersey City Ed is sharing this for informational purposes, but we do not recommend any particular transportation provider over another.



2019-2020 Pre-K3, Pre-K4, and Kindergarten Plan for PS #16 School Zone and Danforth

For the 2019-2020 school year, all students in the Jersey City Public School PS #16 Cornelia Bradford school zone enrolled in the Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 program will be bused to Danforth Avenue Early Childhood Center.  Students who have been attending Pre-K4 at Danforth Avenue in the 2018-2019 school year are automatically guaranteed Kindergarten placement at PS #16 on Sussex St. in Paulus Hook for the 2019-2020 school year.  Newly enrolled Kindergarten students, on the other hand, will be bused to Danforth Avenue, likely forming two classrooms.

Similarly, students not enrolled in the public Pre-K4 program at Danforth by October 15, 2019 will not be guaranteed a spot for Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year at the PS #16 main building.  These students will likely be bused to Danforth Avenue for Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year.

Check back for more information about grades 1-5 soon.

Late Registration for Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 Tomorrow June 6

The Jersey City Public Schools Early Childhood Department is holding another late registration day tomorrow, Thursday June 6, 2019 for Pre-K3 and Pre-K4.

This late registration will be held at the Glenn D. Cunningham Center at 218 Ocean Avenue (at the corner of Danforth Avenue) from 8:30am until 7:00pm.  

Parents must bring the child’s birth certificate (or copy); 2 proofs of residency; child’s immunization records and the child must accompany the parent.

2019-2020 Proposed Jersey City Public Schools District Calendar Now Available

At the May 31, 2019 JCBOE meeting, the following 2019-2020 Proposed Jersey City Public Schools District Calendar was made available.  Click here for JerseyCityEd’s one-page version of the calendar for parents.  Also, see how to subscribe to our calendar to get updates directly into your favorite calendar app.

2019-2020 Proposed Jersey City Public Schools Calendar


2019-2020 Proposed Jersey City Public Schools Calendar 2

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.