Every two years, New Jersey Monthly publishes a ranking of all NJ public high schools. In 2008, Metuchen was ranked at #86 of 316 schools - down from #56 two years earlier. We will attempt to explain the methodology behind the determination and, in the weeks ahead, determine what it means to Metuchen - the students, the parents, and perhaps our property value.
Factors considered by NJ Monthly are:
1. average class size
2. student to faculty ratio
3. % of faculty with advanced degrees
4. average SAT score
5. students achieving advanced proficiency on HSPA
6. number of AP Tests Offered
7. % scoring 3 or higher on AP tests
8. % graduating to 4 year colleges
9. % graduating to 2 year colleges
10. District Factor Group (DFG: a socioeconomic ranking)
Highland Park, a school system of our approximate size but classified into a lower DFG or socioeconomic ranking, was ranked #33 and beats us in categories 2,3,4,5,6,7,and 9 (from above). JP Stevens was ranked #50. Both schools beat Metuchen's average SAT score by more than 100 points. What conditions are affecting Metuchen's results? Does the ranking overlook key factors? Look at the data for all 316 schools.