High School Students Score Above State Average On Tests

District's dependence on local taxes as a revenue source has increased in the past few years.

The Wayne Public School District's dependence on local taxes as a revenue source has increased in recent years. 

The district received 86 percent of its revenue from local taxes for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010. It was 89 percent for the 2010-2011 school year. An amount was not available for the current school year.

The figures were part of the schools’ report cards for the 2010-2011 school year. The Department of Education released the report cards Thursday.

More Wayne high school students take Advanced Placement (AP) tests and score higher on them than other students in New Jersey during the 2010-2011 academic year.

Nearly half of 11th and 12th graders at and more than half, 54 percent, at took the AP test. The state average was 40 percent.

Of the 619 Valley students enrolled in AP courses, 416 of them, 67 percent, scored a three or higher on their exam. Of the 555 Hills students enrolled in AP courses, 398 scored a three or higher, 71 percent of students. Students can receive a maximum score of five on an AP exam.

Students also scored higher than the state average in all three sections of the Scholastic Assessment Test.

Wayne Valley High School Average SAT Scores Section Math Verbal Essay School 536 510 509 State 518 494 496 Wayne Hills High School Average SAT Scores Section Math Verbal Essay School 569 526 539 State 518 494 496

Wayne high school students receive 20 fewer minutes of instructional time, five hours and 36 minutes, than the state average of five hours and 56 minutes.

Nearly 94 and more than 97 percent of members of the Class of 2011 graduated from Wayne Valley and Wayne Hills, respectively.

Valley had more computers made after 2007, 94, than Hills had, 49. There were 27 Hills students and 16 Valley students for every one of these computers.

Al Scala June 04, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Cl, I couldn't disagree with you more. You are certainly entitled to your opinion. You and I are polar opposites when it comes to this Board.
Wayne's World June 04, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Maybe so, but no more than a few kids go from a particular district, so that would have a negligible effect on any town's overall numbers. These are not Vo-Techs you are talking about, but rather academic academies for truly superior students, as you can see by the SAT scores. Bergen Academy in particular has an acceptance rate akin to Harvard, and I believe I saw a statistic showing that a higher percentage of their graduates attended top tier universities than from any other high school in the nation. Passaic County could certainly use a school for the gifted but that's another taxpayer luxury. Seeing that Wayne is basically footing the bill for the entire county (another way we get screwed), it would be untenable to support yet another school with only nominal benefit to our town. The best thing we could do is secede and join another county so as to become a much smaller part of their county tax base. I'll take Morris or Bergen any day, although I'd have to think twice about joining Essex.
Al Scala June 04, 2012 at 10:14 PM
CL.....are we living in the same town?
Cathy Kazan June 04, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Wayne school taxes stay in Wayne. The Abbott districts are funded by the state. We receive a small amount of money from the state and federal government. This money doesn't even come close to covering all the legislative mandates. That is what we need to lobby for. One of the reason property taxes are high is because we are not getting our fair share of state and federal dollars. You need to contact your state and federal representatives about that.
Nose Wayne June 05, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Nose Wayne June 05, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Al,CLUCK CLUCK MUST be in Rob's hen house. Just laid a BIG ONE !!
Nose Wayne June 05, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Sandy, Most of the kids that go to Passaic County Tech are from Paterson and Passaic.
Rex miatke June 05, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Chicken little the board should have had a back bone and not let the outdoor lab be cut. I hold the board responsible for letting a program that was built over 40 years by Mr. Hawkins just disappear into the sunset. I also hold the board responsible for voting to bring in a P.R. firm that we don't need and does nothing for our kids.
Justice June 05, 2012 at 10:52 AM
Cathy Kazan, Are you aware of any links that will explain the Abbott situation in a clear manner? Obviously, there are some that believe that Wayne taxes for education leave Wayne. Thank you
Justice June 05, 2012 at 11:01 AM
I am not as familiar with the New York Education system; but I believe that their technical schools are for the advanced academic students. Passaic County Tech (had been located next door to Eastside High School in Paterson) used to be a high school for skilled occupations as opposed to academia. I am not certain from their website if that is still the case. http://www.pcti.tec.nj.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=113&Itemid=0
Al Scala June 05, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Rex.....Chicken Little is apparently sympathetic to the present BOE. He is a fan. So be it! I'm sure there is more to the relationship than meets the eye.
Scondo June 05, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Bergen academy is not a technical school, it is by invitation gifted and talented academic powerhouse, where the very top are schooled. Bergen Tech is Bergens Technical High School. btw, Passaic Tech flies under the radar and is an excellent school, whose graduates frequently go on to technical colleges
Al Scala June 05, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Chicken Little.......Let me try and respond to your post, although you seem to be a cheerleader for our Board. The fact that we have a Superintendent is something that should have been done much sooner than it was. The Board was taking a lot of heat about this and knew something had to be done and fast! There was political capital being lost each and every day there was not. a full time Super. Let's step back and talk about the Sico fiasco. He came in as a temporary Super, sweet talked this Board into making him permanent, then fired him less than a year after that, at which time he walked away with a sweet severance package, that represents dollars that could have been put into the budget for more meaningful educational resources. Would you like to comment on that? Yes, they hired a Super. My response to that is..."It's about time" Your children are doing very well because they have excellent teachers, among other reasons. I'm sure your children are good students and I'm sure you as a parent take an active interest and role in their education. Give yourself some credit.
Al Scala June 05, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Chicken Little...you mention Jane Hutchinson. She is a good board member! Why don't you go speak with her. Let her tell you how this Board, these nice people you speak about, shut her out and keep her in the dark. You know why? Because she asks questions? She prods and wants due diligence done on things! She is the only light of transparency on this Board while the rest of the Board sits in a black hole. Let's talk about the football fiasco! WOW. The Board did a great job on that one! I give their effort an "F" F for effort! Why are PWS a thing of the past? Why? Because everything is done in committee meetings, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS! That's why! Watch or go to a Board meeting. Have you ever noticed that there is no new business or old business? These parts of the meeting are brougt up and nothing is said! Are you kidding me? A system this size and there is no unfinished business? New Business? A system this size and there is no new business? CL You are certainly entitled to your position with this Board. Just open your eyes a bit more. You'd be surprised what you'll see.
Wayne Resident June 05, 2012 at 12:16 PM
The numbers posted by Sandy are from 2010. How many administrators and BOE were in their positions in 2010? I am not a fan of the BOE, but I grow weary of the BOE bashing for everything that goes on in the schools. How about personal responsibility? How about blaming the principals, teachers, parents, students? The teachers have all the latest gadgets in their rooms, Anthony Wayne is state of the art, so what is going on in the schools? My kids constantly bring home worksheets that are illegible and copied off the page. That's not the boards fault. That is the teacher not even caring enough to review what he/she hands out to the class. Not saying this is indicative of all teachers by any stretch. Wayne has some great teachers, emphasis on some. My kids do great in school because of a combination of the school system and my wife and I prioritize their education. They are involved in other activities, but homework comes first.
Nose Wayne June 05, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Justice, Top notch in SKILLED OCCUPATIONS. Hair salon,Auto body repair and painting,greenhouse,store. NOSE the school very well!!Teachers can have their car painted in the auto shop if they want to.OH,forgot the computerized olympic pool!!!
Chicken Little June 05, 2012 at 03:59 PM
@Al Scala It's not that I am so pro-board; it's just that you are so anti-board, about everything. If they discovered a cure for cancer, you would bitch that they should have done it years ago. Maybe you are privy to inside information that I am not, and that is what drives your anti board sentiment. Maybe you have more insight than I do, because your wife is a teacher. But I feel a lot of paranoia in there, too As for the Sico situation, only a few of the current board members were on the board when that was going down. What is your beef with the current board over the hiring of the current superintendent? As for the way board meetings are conducted, new business/old business, committees, etc., I don't know whether this is good or bad. I do know that the agendas are very long compared to years past, and lenght of meetings probably factors in to the way the board does its business. My father was on a synagogue board years ago, and i went to a meeting that went for hours, past midnight. If that is what would happen each time the BOE meets, I don't know if that would be a good thing. (Knowing you from your blog posts, you would likely accuse the board of holding certain discussions until the end of the meeting, when the audience is likely to have left or gone to sleep).
Chicken Little June 05, 2012 at 04:00 PM
As for Rex Miatkes's comment about the outdoor lab, I also share his dismay over the board's decision. I hope that whatever is set up to replace it is satisfactory. But I want to point out that if you are a Roger Hawkins fan (and anyone who has ever met him certainly must be), he wasn't going to be here much longer. I heard that his replacement during this past year wasn't a fraction of what Roger was.
Justice June 05, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Is the pool open to the public? I will refrain from further comments.
Justice June 05, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Dan, why is the word xitch acceptable when chicken little uses it but Nose keeps getting censored? Sounds like discrimination to me.
Rex miatke June 05, 2012 at 04:46 PM
If Satisfactory is for the town to pay 6.00 for every fourth grader to be bussed to the Meadowlands than the replacement is satisfactory. I tend to disagree that this is a satisfactory replacement.
Chicken Little June 05, 2012 at 05:17 PM
@Justice: It took me a while to figure out what you meant by "xitch." You apparently are offended by my use of the word "bitch." I did not call anyone a bitch. I used it as a verb (meaning, "to complain.") I don't think Al Scala was offended, but if you are offended my use of the term, I apologize. Please feel free to replace it with "complain." And please consider a swtich to decaf. As for Nose getting censored, it is likely because he repeatedly demonstrates that he does not know how to remain within the bounds of civility and good taste. BIG difference in how Nose and I conduct ourselves on this blog.
Chicken Little June 05, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Even at no cost, I don't think the Meadowlands is a satisfactory replacement program. I don't think that it is the intended replacement program. I hope it isn't.
Scondo June 05, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Pool is a Federal Mandate, there was a period of time when the Feds required that the pool be built into all new schools. Yup, out in the middle of podunk Pa there are elementary schools that have pools like that. Blame Congress for that . Don't blame the locals for that requirement.
Rex miatke June 05, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Well as you can see C.L. this why some of us are upset. This is the replacement and the sky is falling on our science progams here in Wayne.
Al Scala June 05, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Chicken Little.....I am probably as anti Board as you are pro Board. I'm not sure where that leaves us in the entire scheme of things. If they discovered a cure for cancer, I would be most grateful as I have had several family members die from that disease. Does that make you feel better? I am not any more privy to inside information than you are. I watch the Board meetings, mostly from home. I carefully read the agendas to get a drift of what is going on. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure certain things out. I have no beef whatsoever about the Board hiring Gonzalez. I like the guy. In many past posts I've stated that the man should be given at least a year or two to put his mark on this system. My beef is it took an awfully long time to hire a Super. After Sico, we had two interim Superintendents.Not good . Not having a PWS raises a red flag to me. Why not have them. It allows the public to see the Board work at a work session and can alert the public as to what is coming down here in town. Is that so bad? Not having any new or old business raises a flag! Where is the transparency? Your sarcasm in your comments clearly shows your frustration. I take my position on things here in town seriously. This is just not fodder. I respect your opinion. I just don't agree with it! Frankly, I don't ever think you and I are going to be concurrent in our feelings about this Board.
Wayne Resident June 05, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Kids were going to Meadowlands when Hawkins was still there. The sky is not falling. Enough with the dramatics. Any change is not a condemnation of years past. Is the sky falling for the chalk and eraser companies since they started putting in smart boards in the classrooms? The one change I cannot stand is how the 8th grade social studies classes as handled. Everything is web based with no textbook. Even other teachers laugh saying they want to retire to teach 8th grade SS. And before anyone starts questioning, I do not support the current BOE.
Chicken Little June 05, 2012 at 07:16 PM
@Al Scala, Well, you are probably right about our disagreement, particularly since it is apparent that in your eyes, the BOE can do no good. Wayne Parent does an excellent job expressing her frustration, likely shared by many others who do not bother to post, over the rampant negativity. As for your comment about my sarcasm, I am very very rarely sarcastic on these posts, and express myself directly and head on, with a minimum of extracurricular gruff. Not sure why you make your comment about my sacasm clearly demonstrating my frustration. Maybe you confuse me with Nose?
Rex miatke June 05, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Wayne resident before or after Robert Cerberio came on the board. Enough said. A tangled web we weave.
Justice June 05, 2012 at 11:14 PM
@ CL, no need to apologize to me, but thank you. I have heard worse. I was making a point that the moderation is not consistent. I realized that your usage was as a verb. I don't drink coffee, or anything that is caffeinated (could you imagine). I appreciate your concern.


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