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More Detailed State School Report Card in the Works

State Department of Education to provide more comprehensive data with better snapshot of how districts performing.

Soon-to-be-released state Department of Education school report cards will be more comprehensive and detailed, providing parents a better snapshot of how their school districts are performing, according to an NJ.com report Sunday.

The annual reports will detail the percentage of students who get college-ready scores on the SAT, the number of middle schoolers who pass algebra I and the percentage of students who are chronically absent, the report said.

The report will also place each of the state’s roughly 2,400 schools in “peer groups” with 29 other districts with similar demographics, the report said. This will allow officials and others to see how their school stacks up with others across the state.

For years, the state has issued school report cards with information such as standardized test scores, student enrollment and spending data. But the new state report cards, which the state expects to release within the month, provide more information. 

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