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2015-2016 Annual Report Presentation

On Wednesday, January 4, 2017, I had the opportunity to present to the New Jersey State Board of Education the 2015-2016 Annual Report for the Paterson Public School District. In this presentation, I spoke about the district’s “Brighter Futures” Strategic Plan which includes the seven transformation objectives driving our work, and a summary of accomplishments attained during the 2015-2016 school year and beyond.

Highlights of accomplishments for the district featured in this report presentation included:

  1. 1) High school graduation rates continue to improve.  To date, the graduation rate for 2016 is 78.5% (preliminary) as compared to 78.2% for 2015. (The rate was 45.6% in 2009.)
  2. 2) PARCC performance in English Language Arts/Literacy for 2016 increased for seven of nine grades by 2.6 percentage points to 11.2 percentage points.  Performance for the two remaining grades was flat.
  3. 3) PARCC performance in Mathematics for 2016 increased for six of nine grades by 1.1% percentage points to 7.6 percentage points.  Performance for the three remaining grades was flat.
  4. 4)The number of 2016 graduates accepted into colleges or universities increased from 1,484 in 2015 to 1,693 in 2016.  Students attending four-year colleges or universities have demonstrated increases each year since 2011.
  5. 5) The district’s Academy of Health Science (HARP) was recognized as a 2016 “High Performing Rewards School” by the New Jersey Department of Education.
  6. 6) The “Breakfast After the Bell” program was fully implemented following a pilot launch the previous year. This included “Grab & Go” kiosks at the larger high schools.  Breakfast participation has increased to 93% at the elementary school level and to over 50% in the high schools, increasing the district-wide average to nearly 70%.
  7. 7) Three Paterson high schools had 100% graduation rates for 2016 and one demonstrated this rate for three consecutive years:
    1. a. Garrett Morgan Academy
    2. b. PANTHER Academy
    3. c. Rosa L. Parks School of Fine & Performing Arts (3 consecutive years)
  8. 8) The district expanded its elementary school choice offerings by opening three new “magnet” programs:
    1. a. Dual Language
    2. b. Young Men’s Leadership Academy
    3. c. Fine & Performing Arts
  9. 9) In June 2016, the Paterson Public School District received confirmation from The International Baccalaureate Organization that the district’s International Baccalaureate Program (IB) application was accepted for International High School. The program is currently operating in the IB “candidacy” phase.
  10. 10) Funded by a $1.5 million United States Department of Education (USDOE) grant, the district, in partnership with Interactive Learning Inc. (Dr. Dale Mann, Professor Emeritus from Columbia University) and Seton Hall University, has created an interactive training tool that features “next-generation simulations” to prepare building principals to lead turnaround schools. The model strengthens the current Paterson Public Schools’ leadership pipeline with web-enabled, computer simulations of “A Year in the Life of a Paterson School Leader.”
  11. 11) The district also benefits from a second USDOE “turnaround leaders” federal grant awarded to William Paterson University to provide a “pre-service” leadership preparation program for interested Paterson Public Schools’ staff.
  12. 12) The New Jersey State Board of Education approved returning two QSAC District Performance Review (DPR) areas to local control: Fiscal Management and Personnel, which brings the total DPR areas returned to the district to three (including Operations).
  13. 13) Additional accomplishments realized since June 2016 that are worthy of note include, but are not limited to:
    1. a. The opening of two new elementary schools in September 2016:  School 16 and Dr. Hani Awadallah Elementary School, as well as the New Jersey Schools Development Authority’s acquisition of a third facility (Paterson Catholic) to use as “swing space” until construction of a new Don Bosco Middle School is completed.  The Paterson Catholic facility will then become a Paterson public high school.
    2. b. A School 24 bilingual math teacher received the NJDOE Exemplary Educator Award this fall.
    3. c. The Paterson Public School District is one of eleven (11) school districts nationwide to be awarded a five year, $40 million Digital Device Grant from the Sprint Foundation.
    4. d. School 28/Paterson Academy for the Gifted & Talented was recently identified as Paterson Public School District’s first National Title I Distinguished School for achieving exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years.

Copies of the full PowerPoint presentation and our Annual Report narrative can be found under the “District Reports” tab on our web site.

Donnie W. Evans, Ed.D.
State District Superintendent
Paterson Public Schools



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