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Summit Mom Proud of Jefferson School's NJ ASK Performance

Of the district's third graders, Jefferson School's was the only class to achieve "complete proficiency" in math and language, resident pointed out.

When Kim Sallee moved to Summit during the summer of 2012 she was looking forward to enrolling her daughter in the school district.

What she didn't expect were the "many disparaging remarks" from fellow residents about Jefferson Elementary School, where her daughter began the 2012-2013 school year as a third grader.

"My husband and I chose the school for the surprisingly low class size and the amazing diversity the study body enjoys, but I’ve been repeatedly asked if I’m aware that Jefferson is on the NCLB (No Child Left Behind) 'under performing schools list - it isn’t - and asked why I would choose to enroll my daughter in a school where the curriculum is 'dumbed down' for the large, non-English speaking population (which is) also completely false."

Sallee said in light of these misconceptions she wanted to point out that Jefferson was the only school in the Summit district to achieve complete proficiency by all third graders in both Math and Language on the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK).

"I believe many will be thrilled to see the overall very strong performance of all the Summit elementary schools on the most recent state test and likely shocked to see the extremely strong performance by the Jefferson school population, in particular," Sallee said.

The following are the 2013 NJ ASK results for Summit elementary schools' third graders:

Brayton Elementary:

  • Language partially proficient: 9.7
  • Language proficient: 77.4
  • Language advanced proficient: 12.9
  • Math partially proficient: 3.2
  • Math proficient: 33.9
  • Math advanced proficient: 62.9
Franklin Elementary:
  • Language partially proficient: 10.4
  • Language proficient: 77.6
  • Language advanced proficient: 11.9
  • Math partially proficient: 3.0
  • Math proficient: 29.9
  • Math advanced proficient: 67.2

Jefferson Elementary: 

  • Language partially proficient: 0.0
  • Language proficient: 88.6
  • Language advanced proficient: 11.4
  • Math partially proficient: 0.0
  • Math proficient: 31.4
  • Math advanced proficient: 68.6
Lincoln-Hubbard Elementary:  
  • Language partially proficient: 6.1
  • Language proficient 74.2
  • Language advanced proficient: 19.7
  • Math partially proficient: 4.5
  • Math proficient: 21.2
  • Math advanced proficient: 74.2
Washington Elementary: 
  • Language partially proficient: 13.0
  • Language proficient: 72.2
  • Language advanced proficient: 14.8
  • Math partially proficient 3.7
  • Math proficient: 22.2
  • Math advanced proficient 74.1
*The numbers are for general education only; special education and English Language Learners are not included.

One More Day January 12, 2014 at 10:12 AM
Congratulations to all the students! The long standing "bias" against Jefferson is unfortunately reinforced by its internet ranking used by many realtors where most schools in Summit rank a 9 or 10, and Jefferson ranks a 5. http://www.greatschools.org/new-jersey/summit/1920-Jefferson-Elementary-School/ If you dig into the stats, you will see that the "Economically advantaged" score an 8 and the "economically disadvantaged" score a 2. Meanwhile, Franklin, Brayton and Lincoln have NO scores at all for economically disadvantaged. This may be true.. but I suspect some less then accurate statistics. Given that many people will not bother to dig, but not get past the initial score, it might be wise for someone to challenge the websites accuracy. Hard working Kids should get their fair recognition!
angie gannon January 12, 2014 at 10:42 AM
We are so proud and happy to have our children enrolled at Jefferson. The staff, under Mr. Poles leadership, is completely engaged and challenges each student to be and do their best every day. Jefferson is a true community with engaged parents, kind kids and a wonderful staff. Way to go Jefferson!
barbara f January 12, 2014 at 02:46 PM
Thank you, Kim Sallie, for confronting the biases non-Jeffersonian Summit folks thrust upon us. It's a great school, and a great area to live in.
Exile on main st. January 12, 2014 at 05:28 PM
Thank you for speaking up! This town needs more people to stand up to the prejudice and ignorance that is so pervasive.

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