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Number 21 Elementary School

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Posted July 13, 2004

This school is a disappointment. My niece went to PS#21 for 2nd, 3rd, and fourth grade. She had not been doing well in school, and it was always presented to me that the reason she did not do well, was because she was lazy. Because of this I began tutoring her at home myself, but quickly realized that she could not read! I then took her to Sylvan to have her tested. I was told that my niece, who had been promoted to the 5th grade, was reading at a first grade level. I can not understand how the teachers here did not realize this, or why she was continually promoted. When we moved out of state, my niece was unprepared for the new school, and she was actually left back in the 5th grade. She is doing better now, thanks to Sylvan, and the school she was in this year.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
23%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
46%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
21%

2010

 
 
19%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
46%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
13%

2010

 
 
26%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
38%

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 66% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
38%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
32%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
30%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
34%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
35%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
46%
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 Students34%
Female27%
Male42%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education38%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant34%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students40%
Female38%
Male42%
Black48%
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education47%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant40%
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 Students27%
Female33%
Male22%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education35%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant27%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students56%
Female53%
Male59%
Black61%
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education27%
General education66%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant56%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former54%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students70%
Female73%
Male68%
Black75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education55%
General education76%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant70%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former54%
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 Students13%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black13%
Asiann/a
Hispanic13%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged13%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education16%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant13%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students48%
Female50%
Male45%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education33%
General education60%
English language learners19%
Non-migrant48%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former36%
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 Students22%
Female23%
Male20%
Black21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education29%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant22%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students33%
Female35%
Male32%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education40%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant33%
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 Students22%
Female26%
Male17%
Black16%
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged22%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education28%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant22%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students25%
Female19%
Male32%
Black22%
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education33%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant25%
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%
Female55%
Male46%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education24%
General education65%
English language learners27%
Non-migrant51%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students35%
Female42%
Male28%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education50%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant35%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students29%
Female25%
Male33%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged28%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education42%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant29%
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

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

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 52% 22%
Black 48% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 9%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
White 0% 51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 85%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Dr Michelle James

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Paterson, NJ 07514
Phone: (973) 321-0210

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