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Student Growth 'Very High' at Westwood Middle School

The New Jersey Department of Education released School Performance Reports comparing every school in the state.

Westwood Regional Middle School test scores have improved more compared to more than 90 percent of their peer schools, according to the 2011-2012 School Performance Reports released by the Department of Education last week.

Student growth at Westwood Regional was "very high" compared to peer schools and schools across the state, according to the report. The schoolwide median growth score on the NJASK test was 64 for language arts and 65 for math, putting Westwood at the overall 95th percentile among its peer schools and 96th percentile across the state.

"Although there's still room for us to grow, I was overall pleased with our results," Interim Superintendent Rory McCourt said.

The peer schools replace the old District Factor Groups for comparing school performance. State officials compared enrollment in free/reduced lunch programs, limited English proficiency and special education programs to determine the peer schools. Westwood Regional Middle School's Bergen County peers include Cresskill, Dumont, Fair Lawn, Mahwah, Paramus and Tenafly.

Westwood Regional Middle School also had a smaller gap in student achievement than the state average, according to the report. Students in both sixth and seventh grades scored more similarly on the language arts and math NJASK tests than students in most other schools.

The state also found that Westwood Regional High School's test scores .

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Westwoodian since '91 April 19, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Congratulations to Mr. McCourt, Mr. Seipp, Mr. Connelly, all the staff at WRMS, and all the elementary teachers who made this possible! This didn't happen over night, but was a long-term project that started a number of years ago. Our younger students are definitely benefiting and will continue to excel as they work their way through the school system. Now, let's not allow the students in grades 8-12 to be forgotten! As the test scores showed this week, we have to do better by them. We have to demand more from our high school administrators, teachers, guidance department, and the students.
21st century concerned citizen April 19, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Terrific News! And a Big Thank You to our Westwood/WT Middle School Teachers!

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