We have been reviewing the results of the Atlantic City Public Schools Spring 2022 New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA).

It’s a state report card as to how school districts are doing in language arts English, math, and science.

The data we have obtained compares Language Arts English and Math percentages in 2022.

Here’s an example of how poorly the Atlantic City Public Schools are presently performing:

Harry Hurley, TSM.
Harry Hurley, TSM.

The circled area above illustrates that at Atlantic City’s Texas Avenue School, an almost incomprehensible 0 percent of students are meeting expectations in English.

We have interviewed an Atlantic City Board of Education Member about this crisis.

The Board Member said that “the overall picture is that we are failing miserably. Not only with grades and attendance but also with recruitment and retention of elementary students going to high school.”

Further, “The data speaks for itself. We’re are not even meeting expectations, which is merely satisfactory for any school in New Jersey.”

”We have some schools with students meeting 1.6 of expected expectations. This is a total failure. With a budget exceeding $260 million you would think that we would have the best schools in the state and unfortunately, we have one of the worse.”

”The administration’s excuse is that COVID-19 is to blame. I’m not saying that it didn’t hurt the educational process, but, to blame the entire issue on that is just wrong. “

”We have a lack of leadership that is top-heavy. Not only that but Small’s and company have appointed numerous people to positions they are not qualified to hold. They are hiring friends and family who have no business holding these key positions.”

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We have conducted many on-air interviews with Atlantic City Board of Education Member John Devlin, who has consistently raised the issue of a lack of focus regarding core educational priorities within the Atlantic City Public Schools System.

”The Small administration philosophy, both Marty and La’Quetta Small, is based entirely upon their political agenda and not prioritizing the delivery of a thorough and efficient education for our students,” said Devlin.

Further, Devlin advised that “students are paying a heavy price. They are not going to be properly prepared for life at the rate that we are presently going. This must change without delay.”

The Atlantic City Public Schools are presently measuring in the single digits and even 0 percentile at the present time.

This qualifies as an educational emergency in the Atlantic  City Public School’s System.

SOURCE: New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA), Spring 2022.

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