Thursday, December 3, 2015

NJ Teacher Effectiveness Report Released- "Ineffective" Results For State and Low Scoring Districts Reported by Hoboken

Nazi Germany Refugees head to berth in Hoboken, NJ 1938
This is a follow up to an earlier post on the new teacher effectiveness measures initiated by the New Jersey Department of Education. As you may recall, the New Jersey Department of Education has come up with a list that was developed under a new teacher and administrator evaluation system, with educators in the 2013-14 school year graded on a scale of four measures: "ineffective", "partially effective", "effective", and "highly effective"). Evaluation data of a particular employee is confidential in accordance with the TEACHNJ Act and N.J.S.A.18A:6-120, is not to be made accessible to the public pursuant to the Open Public Records Act, and will not be released. Thus, data made available does not include anything personally identifiable to a teacher or principal/AP/VP (there is also a state evaluation system for administrators). 
To be clear, any attempt to evaluate teacher effectiveness is subjected to criticism and the TEACHNJ Act certainly has received its share of critiques. But it should be made clear that for the vast majority of NJ teachers their ratings came from observations by teachers own district administrators:
Most teachers’ evaluations were based on the following: 85 percent on observations by administrators and 15 percent on student growth on local tests, quizzes or other projects. About 15 percent of teachers had their scores based 55 percent on observation, 15 percent on student progress on local tests and 30 percent on students’ annual improvement on state standardized tests.”
Here are the results for the 2013-14 Summative Categories for New Jersey's 113,000 teachers:

Data: NJ Department of Education
According to Hoboken, here is the list of districts with the number of teachers identified as “partially effective” (as well as “ineffective” teachers), in order based on percentage of faculty

1. WANAQUE: 14, 15.5 percent
2. PATERSON: 298 (20 “ineffecitve”), 14.9 percent
3. CAMDEN: 149 (11 “ineffective”), 14.6 percent
4. LONG BRANCH: 66, 14.8 percent
5. IRVINGTON: 68 13.8 percent
6. NEWARK: 314 (94 “ineffective”), 11.3 percent
7. DOVER: 20, 9.5 percent
8. ORANGE: 39, 9.24 percent
9. CENTRAL REGIONAL: 13, 9.21 percent
10. EAST ORANGE: 80 9.22 percent
11. PLAINFIELD: 48, 8.7 percent
12. SALEM: 10, 8.4 percent
13. WILLINGBORO: 18, 8.3 percent
14. ROSELLE BORO: 17, 7.05 percent
15. ENGLEWOOD: 20, 7.4 percent
16. WEST MORRIS REGIONAL: 13, 6.3 percent
17. HOBOKEN CITY: 11, 6.2 percent
18. NUTLEY: 16, 5.9 percent
19. BLACK HORSE PIKE REGIONAL: 15, 5.5 percent
20. ASBURY PARK: 10, 5.1 percent

Statewide, the average percentage of New Jersey teachers identified as “ineffective” is 2.5% while according to in Hoboken the percentage of teachers identified as "ineffective" was 6.2%. Statewide, there are 591 operating school districts in New Jersey (not including charter districts). According to, Hoboken had the 17th highest percentage of teachers identified as "ineffective."

Here is the NJDOE Teacher Effectiveness data for teachers in Hudson County: 
Click to Enlarge (* indicates less than 10 teachers)

The New Jersey Department of Education (“the Department”) has created this document to serve as a general guide to the "Teacher Effectiveness and Accountability for the Children of New Jersey" Act (TEACHNJ Act ). 

Overall, more than 97 percent of New Jersey 113,000 teachers received either highly effective or effective ratings for 2013-14, the state announced in June. The percentage of of teachers who received negative ratings rose from about 0.8 percent in 2012-13 to 2.5 percent under the new system. 

Teacher evaluation guidelines for 2014-15- CLICK HERE  
Related Link: More N.J. teachers get poor ratings 
Related Link: SEARCH: See how N.J. Teachers are rated in each school  
Related Link: Which N. J. School Districts Have the Most "Ineffective" Teachers? 
Related Link: Guidelines for Teacher Effectiveness (NJDOE-2012)