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Dover Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 451 students

 

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Posted April 9, 2010

Im a student at this school and I think im in a 'right group' but some students disrupt classes. It is fun for me to watch but my grades are not so hot cuz. It seems that nothing is done to this students cuz they get back to class and start trouble again. Oh...we got new VP. What a joke!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2010

Dover Middle School is not a horrible school, like people think it is. Yeah, there are kids who slack off and kids who are violent. You just have to make sure your kids get in to the right group. I am an 8th grade student at DMS and I have tons of fun here. Out of the two years I have been year I have had no one trying to start problems with me and my grades aren't so bad. So no Dover Middle is not a bad school, it's actually alot of fun with many great people. As long as you don't get yourself into problems you'll enjoy it your middlw school years.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 2, 2010

This School is awesome sure it has a bad rep.But this is the school you want to go.i moved and im mad about it!!! It was a great school!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted December 22, 2009

Although the school offers a program for gifted students, but I would not call it a gifted and talented program offered at other schools. Students are not given tons of homework as I was told the leaders of the school do not believe that homework should be given everyday. The school also does not address the need of students who are not 'gifted'. The discipline is not being enforced as it used to be under the previous principal. My son tells me that the principal 'just sits in his office'. Based on the results, NJASK scores went down again since last year. The scores for Language Arts went up. However, Language Arts includes Reading and Writing. A student could be better in one area than the other; therefore, the whole Language Arts score can be raised.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

As a student of Dover Middle School, I don't know what everyone else is talking about. This schools gifted and talented program for eighth graders is very rigorous with tons of homework each night. Personally, I am a straight-A student and received a 300(maximum score) in the language arts section of the NJASK last year and let me remind you that the whole state took this test so it can't be said that the test Dover took was easier that everyone elses. Yes, there are students that slack off, but that happens everywhere and for students that will actually work hard, this school gives them what they need. Discipline is now being enforced a great deal as well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 15, 2009

As a parent, I was anxiously awaiting the new School Report Card. I was shocked to find out the NJ ASK results for 2007-2008. What I also could not believe was the faculty mobility rate (approx. 28%). It seems that under the new leadership, the scores, schoolwide discipline, faculty morale took a turn for the worst. I cannot wait for my child to be done with this school. Very disappointing to see the school is becoming such as mess.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

Im a student at this school and let me tell you something! this school is great! parents think that its a bad school cuz it has a bad rep but let me tell u as a student of this school its awesome you meet new great people if you think this school is bad well its your point of view but ask any student in this middle school and they will say its great even ask the parents that went to dover middle school they will even tell you its great!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 2, 2005

This is my sons first year at the school and let me tell you, I am really not impressed. I found out that this school has really not done so well for the last few years and also when speaking to family and friends I found that none of them wanted or wants to send their children to the district and I wish that I didn't have to either.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2004

Dover Middle school has great teachers but the students are too violent and too perverted. My daughter goes to that school and she says she almost got jumped by a mob of 8th graders.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 66% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 65% in 2013.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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59%

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51%

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51%

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63%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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63%

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64%

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2010

 
 
51%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 82% in 2013.

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

2012

 
 
80%

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84%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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73%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

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Special educationn/a
General educationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Not migrantn/a
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Studentsn/a
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Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students59%
Female61%
Male58%
Black52%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
White62%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special educationn/a
General education66%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant59%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students63%
Female62%
Male63%
Black52%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
White69%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Special education13%
General education68%
English language learners38%
Not migrant63%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former43%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students79%
Female87%
Male69%
Black62%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special education45%
General education84%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant79%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former50%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students73%
Female75%
Male70%
Black52%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special education35%
General education79%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant73%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former25%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students79%
Female81%
Male78%
Black67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special education33%
General education86%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant79%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former58%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 58% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
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Economically disadvantagedn/a
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Special educationn/a
General educationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Not migrantn/a
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

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48%
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26%
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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Average


1 This rating is based on 2012-13 NJ ASK, HSPA, and/or NJBCT results from the New Jersey Department of Education.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in math and reading from from the New Jersey Department of Education.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 76% 22%
White 15% 51%
Black 8% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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302 East McFarlan Street
Dover, NJ 07801
Phone: (973) 989-2040

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