|Original A&P- from Hoboken Historical Museum Archives|
COMMENTARY: Some posters from Hoboken have disregarded the #9 ranking claiming methodological issues or errors in sampling, under reporting or even ill-intent. I cannot speak to any of these issues but to the best of my knowledge, no district has been cited by the State of New Jersey for "under reporting." I can offer a comparison of the average incidents in the Hoboken Public Schools (measured in incidents per 100 students) compared to Hudson County (the county in which Hoboken resides) and the State of New Jersey averages (see graphic below). The reader is left to make their own decisions and conclusions. CLICK HERE to read an earlier post on violence and vandalism rates.
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COMMENTARY (cont.): The previous 3 years worth of data (2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12) makes it clear that the 2012-2013 ranking of the Hoboken School District as New Jersey's 9th Most Violent School District is not necessarily inconsistent with previous data or should have come as much of a surprise. Additionally, the three year trend triangulates the findings of Patch.com's analysis by using a different rubric (incidents per 100 students).
n.b. : An interesting series of comments were posted in response to this post (see end of this blog).
Ranking) District, County (# of students, Incidents of Violence, Ratio)
State of New Jersey (1,369,554; 7895; .005)
1) Wildwood City Cape May County (852, 24, .0282)
2) Lakewood Township, Ocean County (5186, 145, .0280)
3) Willingboro Township, Burlington County (3952, 108, .0273)
4) Camden County Vocational (2158, 55, .0255)
5) High Point Regional, Sussex County (1005, 25, .0249)
6) Palmyra Borough, Burlington County (965, 23, .0238)
7) Florence Township, Burlington County (1593, 37, .0232)
8) Burlington County Vocational (2100, 48, .0229)
9) Hoboken, Hudson County (1706, 36, .0211)