For the second year in a row, New Jersey has used a controversial ranking system that grades individual schools on a scale of 1-100. This week, the rankings for all NJ schools for 2020 were released. How did your child’s school fare?

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The ratings were established to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced the No Child Left Behind Act.

Critics of the rankings say they are not a fair representation of everything a particular school has to offer. Another criticism is that it’s potentially unfair to rank elementary schools against high schools. Keep in mind that these rankings were done pre-COVID.

The ratings for high schools are based on graduation and absenteeism rates and standardized scores. Elementary and middle school scores are based on absenteeism, standardized test scores and student progress, according to the state Department of Education.

Schools that had a score of at least 50 could be considered average under the ranking system. Here’s a list of the schools that ranked in the top ten and you can click here for the full list.

  1. Marine Academy of Science and Technology, Monmouth County Vocational School District, Monmouth 100.00
  2. Mendham Township Middle School, Mendham Township School District, Morris 100.00
  3. Central Jersey College Prep Charter School, Central Jersey College Prep Charter School, Charters 100.00
  4. Markham Place School, Little Silver Boro School District, Monmouth 99.94
  5. Jersey City Global Charter School, Jersey City Global Charter School, Charters 99.88
  6. Clark Mills School, Manalapan-Englishtown Regional Schools School District, Monmouth 99.82
  7. Riverview Elementary School, Denville Township K-8 School District, Morris 99.76
  8. Academy For Information Technology, Union County Vocational-Technical School District, Union 99.72
  9. Henry B. Milnes Elementary School, Fair Lawn Public School District, Bergen 99.70
  10. Alexander Hamilton School, Glen Rock Public School District, Bergen 99.64

Click here for the full list.