Page 6 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • February 18, 2009 FLOW Area State issues report cards for regional high schools by Frank J. McMahon The New Jersey Department of Education released the 2008 School Report Cards, which contain detailed statistical profiles of both Ramapo and Indian Hills high schools in the areas of school environment, student information, student performance indicators, staff information, and district financial information. The NJDOE also issued the Statewide Assessment Report, the state’s annual summary of the results of the assessment tests administered in the spring. “With our state and nation facing such a severe economic downturn, we have an increased mandate to provide accountability for every dollar we spend on education,” said Commissioner of Education Lucille E. Davy. “The purpose of these reports is to enable members of the public to measure the progress of their local schools through the individual report cards and the trend information in the assessment summary.” The report cards are the fourteenth to be produced under the 1995 state law that specifies the information that must be reported and requires their annual distribution. They also represent the 18th time New Jersey has issued a report on its public schools since the first report cards were distributed in 1989. During the 2007-08 school year, the enrollment at Ramapo was 1,299 students, an increase of nine students over the previous year, while at Indian Hills it was 1027.5 students, an increase of 34.5 students, for a total enrollment of 2,326.5 students, an increase of 43.5 students over the previous year. The average class size at Ramapo was 21 students while at Indian Hills it was 20.6. The High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) test results indicated that in language arts literacy 96.9 percent of the students tested at Ramapo, and 92.9 percent of the students tested at Indian Hills, were at or above the proficiency level. In mathematics, the numbers were 90.5 percent at Ramapo and 89.8 percent at Indian Hills. The comparable averages in the state were 83.4 in language arts and 75.4 in mathematics. The 2007-08 average SAT scores for Ramapo were 562 math, 538 verbal, and 551 essay, combining for a total average SAT score of 1651. The average SAT scores at Indian Hills were 541 math, 544 verbal, and 547 essay for a total average SAT score of 1632. The state’s average SAT scores were 514 math, 492 verbal, and 494 essay for an average state total SAT score of 1500. At Ramapo, 31.1 percent of the students in grades 11 and 12 participated in the Advanced Placement tests, while at Indian Hills 21.7 percent of the grade 11 and 12 students participated. The state average was 18.3 percent. The school report cards indicate that 98.2 percent of the Class of 2008 students at Ramapo and 99.6 percent at Indian Hills graduated in 2008 while 92.8 percent graduated statewide. At Ramapo, 88.9 percent of the 2008 graduating class went on to a four-year college or university and another 6.8 percent went on to a two-year college, while 4.3 percent went on to other pursuits. At Indian Hills, 78.6 percent of the graduating students went on to a fouryear college or university and another 16.2 percent went on to a two-year college, while 2.3 percent chose employment and 2.9 percent went on to other pursuits. The student to administrator ratio at Ramapo was 155:1 while at Indian Hills it was 114:1 versus a state average of 179:1. The student to faculty ratio at Ramapo was 11:1 and at Indian Hills it was 12:1 versus a state average of 11:1. At Ramapo, 60.5 percent of the faculty and administration had master’s degrees and 3.4 percent had doctoral degrees during the 2007-08 school year, while at Indian Hills those percentages are 58.5 and 3.2 percent, respectively. The median salary for district administrators in the Ramapo Indian Hills school district is $120,273 and for the faculty it is $56,936. District administrators have an average of 20 years of experience, and district faculty members average seven years of experience. The corresponding averages in the state are $113,540 and 23 years of experience for administrators and $60,930 and nine years for faculty. The district’s total cost per pupil for 2007-08 as compared to other districts of similar budget type was $15,577 versus a state average of $13,106. The total per pupil cost, including tuition expenses, transportation, lease purchase interest, residential costs, judgments against the school district, equipment, facilities/ acquisition costs, restricted expenses less nonpublic services, and adult schools, as well as students sent out of district, was $17,748 per pupil versus a state average of $15,489. 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