20 percent of MTHS seniors didn’t make the grade

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CAPE MAY COURSE HOUSE – Slightly over 80 percent of high school seniors graduated from Middle Township School District last school year, according to information released this week from the state.

The district is about even with the state average graduation rate, which is 83 percent.

But the Cape May County Technical School District in Cape May Court House had a 93.92 percent graduation rate for the 2010-11 school year.


The superintendents of neither district immediately returned calls seeking comment.

The state calculated its high school graduation rate using a new federally mandated method.

“As we look at these new graduation rates across the state, the question we must continue to ask ourselves is not only whether students are graduating from high school, but whether we are truly preparing them to be ready for the demands of the 21st century,” said the state Department of Education Acting Commissioner Chris Cerf.

On Monday, April 30, Gov. Chris Christie announced New Jersey will move away from the High School Proficiency Exam to a series of end-of-course assessments to measure and prepare students to graduate high school and then head to college or get a job.

“Through the transition from HSPA to new end-of-course assessments, we are taking a crucial step not only to increase the number of high school graduates, but to make a New Jersey diploma the gold standard for the country,” Cerf said in a prepared statement.

Since this is the first year the state is using the method to calculate the graduation rate, comparisons to previous year’s rates are not possible.

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