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James F. Murray No. 38 Elementary School

Public | PK-8 & ungraded | 13 students

 

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Posted October 26, 2013

School provides a diverse environment to learn, and have a great amount of discipline. Lunch is much better compared to other schools. Teachers encourage students to learn. Love the extracurricular activities and their involvements with them.


Posted February 28, 2011

I have a 3 children attending this school. The Pre-K teachers has been on short-term leave for so long without even informing parents. Substitute come and go - it does not create a love for learning for my kids. Luckily my eldest is above average, thanks for KUMON and a lot of preparation at home. It seems like it lacks challenge work to students who are getting bored... school is more after exceeding the standard test score and being out of the "Need for more improvement ..." title. Private school options around the area is limited. Because public school is free, I spent money on better after school program and extra-activities that supplements their learning. My Pre-K child will be moving to a charter school, hopefully it's better there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2007

I have a child that use to be in 38 and one who is currently in 38. My one in high school got skipped on her first day of high school. My 6th grader is smarter then her. All I can say is this school is the best coming from this school myself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2006

The course curriculum of the school was very diverse. I know the district demands it follows a path leading up to standardized testing, but a lot of the 'common knowledge' topics that make up our culture today are lost on these children, and as a parent, you have to make sure you are covering those topics at home. The music program that provided instruments was a great benefit. I was disappointed at the lack of after-school program availability for grades 5-8. For children with parents that work, it's a struggle, being children can't be at home alone until they reach age 12/13. The only option is the Boys/Girls club,which serves all districts. Also, notices of shool events rarely came home.
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Posted May 18, 2004

I've have had 2 children in this school. One is currently in 7th grade the other is graduating HS. We have found PS#38 to be a very good school with a dedicated staff and exceptional teachers. My only worries is with the state and federal government emphasizing standerized testing that some of the basic subjects and extracurricular activities are being lost or underfunded.
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Posted October 17, 2003

Having four kids in Grades 4,6, 8 and pre-k, we can say that PS 38 has given the opportunity for all our children to explore and enhance their talent. This would only be possible with the motivation and assistance of their teachers. We have found it fulfilling that we can discuss with their teachers the progress they have been making, thus, both teachers and parents can collaborate towards the child's development.
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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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
34%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
65%

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 59% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
37%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
93%
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 61% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
44%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
68%
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 66% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
44%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
47%
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 65% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
41%
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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
67%
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

All Students44%
Female40%
Male49%
Black30%
Asian77%
Hispanic38%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged50%
Special educationn/a
General education47%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant44%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students66%
Female63%
Male68%
Black53%
Asian88%
Hispanic62%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Special educationn/a
General education69%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant66%
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 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 Students48%
Female58%
Male39%
Black45%
Asian78%
Hispanic33%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged55%
Special educationn/a
General education52%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant48%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students73%
Female78%
Male68%
Black71%
Asian90%
Hispanic67%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
General education81%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant73%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students87%
Female89%
Male84%
Black84%
Asian90%
Hispanic89%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged87%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
General education91%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant87%
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 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 Students51%
Female56%
Male47%
Black36%
Asian89%
Hispanic47%
White55%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Non-economically disadvantaged63%
Special education27%
General education57%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant51%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students81%
Female77%
Male84%
Black76%
Asian93%
Hispanic80%
White91%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Special education46%
General education85%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant81%
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 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 Students58%
Female60%
Male57%
Black56%
Asian60%
Hispanic50%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged67%
Special educationn/a
General education71%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant58%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students71%
Female74%
Male69%
Black64%
Asian84%
Hispanic64%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Special education26%
General education81%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant71%
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 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 Students48%
Female56%
Male42%
Black41%
Asian59%
Hispanic57%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Non-economically disadvantaged61%
Special education13%
General education57%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant48%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students34%
Female37%
Male32%
Black27%
Asian48%
Hispanic38%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Non-economically disadvantaged30%
Special education13%
General education38%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant34%
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 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 Students66%
Female70%
Male62%
Black60%
Asian85%
Hispanic59%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Special educationn/a
General education84%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant66%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students63%
Female68%
Male60%
Black50%
Asian93%
Hispanic59%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Special educationn/a
General education81%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant63%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students62%
Female55%
Male68%
Black52%
Asian74%
Hispanic65%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Special education12%
General education77%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant62%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former64%
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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/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.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General educationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Non-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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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above 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
Black 46% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 23% 9%
Hispanic 21% 22%
White 9% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 78%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Ms Sandra Jones

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Jersey City, NJ 07305
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