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Matawan Regional Ranked Fourth in County by NJ Monthly

The magazine also ranks the high school in the top 100 public schools in the state

ranks fourth out of public high schools in Monmouth County, according to a list released by New Jersey Monthly.

The magazine solicited an independent firm to analyze data from the Department of Education's NJ School Report Card for the 2010-11 academic year. Leiflin Associates, based in Ringwood, took into account several criteria, including twelfth grade enrollment, average class size, student/faculty ratio, percent of faculty with a masters or doctorate degree, SAT scores, HSPA scores, advanced placement (AP) classes and test scores, and graduation rate.

Matawan's overall rank jumped over thirty spots from 126 in 2011 to 92 this year. Rumson-Fair Haven climbed 24 spots to rank tenth, Holmdel climbed three spots to rank thirteenth, and Red Bank Regional climbed 20 spots to rank forty-first.

A portion of the movement up and down the list by schools can be attributed to a new graduation-rate calculation introduced in New Jersey in 2011, as mandated by federal government, the magazine explained. Additionally, NJ Monthly increased the weighting for data on test results and thegraduation-rate calculation, "to emphasize the importance of student results at a time of budget cutting," the magazine said.

However, across the state, the analysis found that schools' average class size decreased and High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) math scores increased.

"We are heading in the right direction," said Charles Kenny, the board of education president. "I'm confident that the students in the district continue to be well served."

See how MRHS faired in each criteria:

Criteria  Grade 12 Enrollment  228.5 Average Class Size 16.1 Student/Faculty Ratio  10.7 % of Faculty with Masters or Doctorate  67.0 Average Combined SAT Scores 1435 % Who Scored Advanced Proficient on HSPA Language  18.9 % Who Scored Advanced Proficient on HSPA Math 21.4 Number of Advanced Placement Tests Offered 14
% of Advanced Placement Tests Scoring 3 or Higher 76.9 Adjusted Graduation Rate

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Plain Jane August 28, 2012 at 03:47 PM
The data is based on the 2012- 11 school year. Dr. O'Malley was the Superintendent then & we had less administrators then than we do now. Let's see where we are under the new leadership before we pat ourselves on the back.
Concerned Mom August 28, 2012 at 03:57 PM
That's an average combined SAT score of 1435 out of a possible 2400. The better schools want at least 1800 and above. I believe we've been moving in the right direction the last few years, but I think we still have a way to go. Dr. O'Malley got the ball moving lets hope it continues.
Concerned Mom August 28, 2012 at 04:01 PM
you mean 20101-2011 school year with Dr. O'Malley.
Matawan Resident August 29, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Concerned Mom Plain Jane made a typo (it happens) and you tried to correct her only to make it worse. Good Job Dr. O'Malley! hopefully we can move up on list

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