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Yearly analysis from U.S. News & World Report recognizes ability to meet the needs of “all” students, across all economic strata.

PATERSON, DEC. 22, 2009-- For the second consecutive year, Rosa L. Parks School of Fine & Performing Arts has received a Bronze Award for excellence from U.S. News & World Report. Rosa L. Parks School, under the leadership of Principal Sharon Smith, was one of only two schools in Passaic County to receive recognition as in the search for the “very best” high schools in the United States.

In ranking the top schools, U.S. News & World Report looked at 2007-2008 data for 21,786 schools.  A total of 41 New Jersey high schools received either a Gold, Silver or Bronze award, putting the Garden State in fourth place among the 48 participating states.
State District Superintendent Dr. Donnie W. Evans commented on the award: “High expectations translate into student success and I commend Principal Smith for the courage it takes to believe in every single student within her building.  This attitude is a critical component in our district-wide renewal effort.”

The yearly “America’s Best High Schools” rankings are based on the principle that an outstanding high school should serve all of its students well.  In doing so, the school must produce measurable academic outcomes showing that they are successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.  The analysis was conducted in collaboration with School Evaluation Services, an education and data research and analysis company.

In receiving this award, Rosa L. Parks participated in a two-step process that utilized school and demographic data with an assessment of overall student and economically disadvantaged student performance.  In addition to evaluating other indicators of excellence, the study seeks to determine whether a school's least-advantaged students are performing better than average for similar students in the state.   With a demonstrated proficiency rate of 80, Rosa L. Parks School of Fine & Performing Arts exceeded the state average by over 20 Points.

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