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2017 Commencement Speakers

From an occasional high school through college, from early May ’til mid-June, here is a listing of announced speakers.

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2017 Best High Schools in New Jersey and Elsewhere

The 2017 high school survey from US News & World Report has just been issued; you’ll find Jersey City’s results here. More than 28,000 high schools were examined for this annual iteration.

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2017 New Jersey School District Spending

The annual Taxpayers Guide to Education Spending has just been released. One can find how school districts spent their education funding, what were the sources of the funding, what is the median teacher salary, and a whole host of other indicators. Here is Jersey City’s profile. If you are interested in just the teacher salary component of these reports, please scroll down to the bottom of this article and utilize the tool found there. Be aware that this feature only highlights teacher salaries; it does not include administrator and support personnel salary figures that are found in the individual school district reports.

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2016/17 AAUP Faculty Salary Survey

The main page is here; New Jersey listings are here. Data comes from 1,022 higher education institutions with over 380,000 faculty members.

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2015/16 New Jersey School Report Cards Online

Known as school performance reports, this annual review drills down to the school level to measure the educational achievement/progress of students in the K-12 sector in New Jersey. Each report contains a school narrative written by the principal, a district narrative crafted by the superintendent, and a breakdown of various standards for each school and how they compare to the overall state levels. Criteria examined include: academic achievement; demographics; college and career readiness; student growth; and school climate. Previous records can also be accessed.

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Major Report on Learning Outcomes

“With On Solid Ground, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) introduces a nationwide effort to examine direct evidence of student learning across higher educational institutions in the United States. This report represents the first attempt to reveal a landscape of student learning on key learning outcomes—critical thinking, written communication, and quantitative literacy—that both educators and employers agree are essential for student success in the workplace and in life.”


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U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Special Education Students

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that school districts MUST make sure that those students not integrated into a “regular” classroom environment have opportunities to advance beyond the bare minimal standards of support:

“When all is said and done, a student offered an educational program providing “merely more than de minimis” progress from year to year can hardly be said to have been offered an education at all. For children with disabilities, receiving instruction that aims so low would be tantamount to “sitting idly . . . awaiting the time when they were old enough to ‘drop out.’” (14) Read the full opinion here.

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