Brigantine Elementary & Middle school performance results have been released for 2014, and parents are not happy. The results show academic performance of Brigantine students seriously lags in comparison to schools across the state.
The Brigantine middle school is borderline bottom 20%… when compared to schools across the state. These students are on the cusp of a rating called: ‘significantly lagging performance’ with only 20% percent of targets met.
In regards to college and career readiness, Brigantine students met only 50% of targets. The Brigantine elementary school, grades pre-K thru 4th, are in bottom third of academic performance. See FULL RESULTS here.
From the Brigantine Taxpayers Association:
Fulfilling a public school’s purpose. Who’s accountable? On January 9, 2015, the Brigantine Taxpayers Association shared the 2014-15 salaries of the Brigantine Public School Employees. As of 11/2014, there were 132 listed employees with a student body of 683 in Brigantine.
Now, we present the 2014 results by students in Brigantine’s elementary and middle schools on a statewide test, the NJASK (Assessment of Skills and Knowledge). Government, including the public schools, works best when informed people hold it accountable and use facts to evaluate it objectively.
- Not only do Brigantine taxpayers pay to support the public school system (30% of property taxes allocated to the district), but, as citizens, we should expect the public school to do its assigned job preparing and educating our young people with the necessary, fundamental knowledge and skills enabling them to move on successfully to the next educational level.
- Brigantine is a Type 1 school district, one of 21 in NJ out of over 600 school districts.
- How does our Type 1 district work? Who’s responsible for how well or how poorly the school is fulfilling its purpose?
- The mayor alone, Dr. Philip Guenther, appoints the unpaid members of the Board of Education.
- The Brigantine School Board currently consists of the following members serving staggered terms: in alpha order, Nancy Barbin, Steve Bonanni, David Borrone, Helen Coffman, Matthew Doran, Frank Koch, president, and James Mackey.
- The Board (meets monthly, open to the public) hires the superintendent and other school employees. An annual budget is prepared, presented to the Board for its approval, and then presented to the Board of School Estimate each spring.
- The School Board is composed of two Board of Education members, and three, including the mayor, City council members. There is no vote by the voters on this budget.
- For several years, we’ve expressed our concern and disappointment with the unsatisfactory level of academic achievement in our elementary and middle schools.
- Unfortunately, this sentence from last year’s Beachcomber article is still applicable. “This is not a situation in which Brigantine taxpayers may take pride, nor one which they should tolerate.”
Brigantine Public Schools, District Test Analysis, Spring 2014, NJ ASK Results (additional data available online at N.J. State Dept. of Education) In addition to being compared to public schools statewide each school district’s academic performance is also compared to those schools across the state with similar grade levels and similar demographic characteristics such as the percentage of students qualifying for free/reduced lunch, etc. For this second comparison each district is placed in a District Factor Group, a DFG.
PROFICIENCY (PASSING) COMPARISONS
Brigantine’s report combines the Proficient and Advanced Proficient categories. The state report lists them as separate categories. In percentages and in the average scale scores, the higher number is better.
AVERAGE SCALE SCORE COMPARISONS
SUMMARIES – COMPARISONS (see above)
- In 7 of 12 cases, the DFG passing percentage exceeds that of the Brigantine schools.
- In 9 of 12 cases, the state passing percentage exceeds that of the Brigantine schools.
- In 6 of 12 cases, the DFG scale score exceeds that of the Brigantine schools.
- In 12 of 12 cases, the state scale score exceeds that of the Brigantine schools.
Individual students and families were told of their own test results. But, aside from this report to the Board of Education, the people of Brigantine know nothing of these complete, comparative results. These tests are important. Their results are significant. We publish these test scores so that taxpayers have the facts about the true level of academic achievement in Brigantine’s two schools.
This information should be on the district’s website to raise awareness and to facilitate public discussion and accountability by those in charge. For years, the people of Brigantine have been told that the quality of education in the Brigantine schools is excellent. This was not true. It is not true now.
Our public schools are not fulfilling their prime purpose.
Brigantine Taxpayers Association