Eight out of ten Ridgewood High School students met the state's SAT benchmarks last school year, more than all but one of the school's 30 school group peers with similar demographics, according to the Christie administration's 2011-2012 School Performance Reports.
Released Wednesday, the reports are a new version of the long-running School Reports Cards that have measured school performance on a variety of metrics since the 1990s.
The new reports use many of the same sources of data like student achievement, graduation and dropout rates, demographics and class sizes, but they also match each school up with 30 peer schools from across the state. Schools are matched based on demographics, percentage of low-income students, percentage of special needs students and percentage of limited English-speaking students.
Once matched, schools are compared to their peers and with state targets.
Ridgewood counts Indian Hills, Northern Valley-Demarest, Glen Rock, Rutherford, Pascack Hills, Park Ridge and Midland Park among its peers in the county.
Ridgewood's average combined SAT score of 1778 (612.5 in Math, 574.6 in Reading and 591.1 in Writing) is above the state's target score of 1550, and higher than any other school in its peer group spare Holmdel in Monmouth County (1788 composite).
2011-2012 Average SAT scores for Ridgewood High School and Bergen County School Group Peers:School Math section average Reading section average Writing section average Total SAT average Ridgewood High School 612.5 574.6 591.1
1778Glen Rock HS 585.3 548.9 554.5
1689Midland Park HS 525.2 519.9 519.4 1565 Northern Valley Regional (Demarest) 599.3 566.5 596.3 1762 Ramapo HS 564.6 544.8 561.2 1671 Indian Hills HS 546.3 533.5 548.2 1628 Pascack Hills HS (Montvale) 572.1 542.5 560.8 1675 Park Ridge HS 548.6 521.1 537.9 1608 Rutherford HS 517.9 499.4 497.4 1515
Average combined SAT score over past four years
2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 Ridgewood High School 1744 1797 1777
Visit NJ Spotlight.com to view an interactive map of average total SAT scores for all New Jersey high schools in 2011-2012.