Newark Public Schools Moving Student Achievement in the Right Direction

[Newark, NJ] The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) identified 20 schools that have met the criteria to exit comprehensive support and improvement (CSI) or additional targeted support and improvement (ATSI) status effective June 30, 2024. Multiple factors informed the decision-making process, including student achievement and other school accountability measures in accordance with N.J.A.C 6A:33 and New Jersey’s approved Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan.

Superintendent Roger Leόn expressed his pride at the District’s progress, “With the efforts of parents, students, teachers, principals, community, and stakeholders, Newark Public Schools is charting a course of continuous improvement, propelling students towards a future defined by progress, quality education, and positive outcomes." He added, “We are witnessing the priorities outlined in The Next Decade 2020-30: Strategic Plan come to life”.

The District extends congratulations to Abington Avenue, Avon Avenue, Camden Street, Eagle Academy, George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, Hawkins Street, Hawthorne Avenue, Luis Muñoz Marin, Michelle Obama, Mount Vernon, Newark Vocational High, Park Elementary, Peshine Avenue, Rafael Hernandez, Roberto Clemente, Sir Isaac Newton, Speedway Avenue, Weequahic High, and West Side High who will start next school year by joining the District’s other 36 schools who have not been identified with any support status with the Department of Education.

Newark Public Schools remains dedicated to advancing the priorities outlined in The Next Decade. School principals, in collaboration with stakeholders, have demonstrated unwavering commitment by actively participating in the Annual School Plan (ASP) process. This inclusive approach, coupled with ongoing vigilance, has contributed to notable progress among students, positioning them on a trajectory of continuous improvement. The collective efforts underline the District's commitment to providing a quality education and fostering positive outcomes for its student body.

About Newark Public Schools
The Newark Public Schools is the largest school district in New Jersey and dates back to 1676. The District currently enrolls over 39,000 students in 63 schools. After more than two decades of state operation and upon return to local control in 2018, the District has opened 9 new schools under Superintendent León’s leadership with an additional portfolio of new options to be announced in the coming months and years. The Newark Board of Education serves as a beacon of educational excellence, dedicated to nurturing the potential of every student. With a commitment to innovation, inclusivity, and fostering a love for learning, the District continues to shape future generations and make a positive impact within the community.

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