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By Michael Cohen
Hackensack students are making the grade, according to new data revealed by Assistant Superintendent Rosemary Marks during Monday’s monthly school board meeting at Hackensack High School.
According to Marks, the student body exceeded the goals set by the district, with Hackensack meeting 23 of 24 performance standards set when the study began last fall.
Marks shared HSPA test scores for 2013, revealing that Hackensack is on par with other districts in the state.
Among Caucasian students, Hackensack trumps the competition in math with 90.7 percent proficiency compared to the average of 77.2 percent among New Jersey districts. African-American students in Hackensack come in with 69.6 percent proficiency in math compared to 66.7 percent for the state. Hispanic students tested at 72.3 percent proficiency in math and Asian students at 92.9 percent.
Special education students in Hackensack had an edge over other districts, with 15.4 percent proficiency in math, compared to 10.2 for the rest of the state.
Hackensack’s performance in language arts has also improved. Caucasian students are 96.9 percent proficient compared to the 93.6 percent for the rest of the state, and African-American students at Hackensack are 86 percent proficient in language arts, compared to the 88.9 percent state average.
“We want the scores to always improve, but in the fall, it was a question of how we would do when comparing our students with the other districts, and this data shows that our students are on par. Our students are doing the job,” said Board of Education President Veronica Bolcik McKenna.
HSPA testing for 2014 will take place next week at the high school.
In other business, Superintendent Karen Lewis announced that the board will unveil a new online district calendar on March 10. It will list all events at all city schools plus athletics.