Morris School District Performance Report 2020-21
The New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) has made available online the state’s School Performance Reports for the 2020-2021 school year.
The pandemic had a significant impact on the way the NJ DOE was able to measure school performance and student achievement for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years. Some data published in previous years are not available for the 2020-21 School Performance Reports, such as student growth.
However, the reports still contain a wide variety of information such as student demographics, participation and performance on SAT/PSAT/ACT assessments, course participation (AP and IB courses), chronic absenteeism, discipline data, graduation rates, and district narratives.
The goal of publishing these school performance reports is to identify gaps in information and performance and continue to find ways to support the education of students through these difficult times.
“Despite disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are proud to continue to provide our school communities in New Jersey with a broad range of data,” said Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan, Acting Commissioner of Education. “These reports offer a wealth of information to start conversations and increase engagement about how schools are providing equitable educational opportunities to all students.”
Here you can find the full School Performance Reports on all school districts in the state.
How did Morris School District Perform?
Morris School District (for the 2020-21 school year) housed 5,379 students through grades PK-12.
The student-to-teacher ratio was 11:1, with the average teacher having 10.5 years of teaching experience.
16.9% of students were “English Learners” where English was not their first language, 14.3% of students have a disability, and 24.5% of students were “Economically Disadvantaged.”
Morris School District had a 4-year 2021 graduation rate of 90%, slightly below the statewide 4-year graduation rate of 90.6%.
The 2020-21 School Performance Report shows that Morris School District regularly delivers a 4-year graduation rate below that of the state.
In 2019, the 4-year graduation rate for Morris School District was 88.8% compared to a 90.6% 4-year graduation rate statewide.
Similarly, in 2020, Morris School District reported a 4-year graduation rate of 85.1% compared to a 91% 4-year graduation rate statewide.
Approximately 1% of NJ students statewide dropped out of school during grades 9-12 each year since 2019.
In Morris School District, the dropout rate is higher:
- 2018-19: 1.6%
- 2019-20: 1.4%
- 2020-21: 2.7%
Morris School District: 72.8%
“Chronic absenteeism is defined as being absent for 10% or more of the days enrolled during the school year.”
College & Career Readiness
Information about participation and performance on the PSAT, SAT, and ACT exams comes directly from College Board and ACT.
Important note for 2020-21: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some national administrations of the SAT, PSAT, and ACT were canceled from spring 2020 through fall 2021. Additionally, some test centers had limited testing capacity. As a result, 2020-21 participation and performance results may have been affected and NJDOE recommends using caution in comparing results for 2020-21 to prior or future years.