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In a world with ‘a lot going on,’ to many in N.J., honoring MLK means actions as well as words

Nearly 55 years after his death, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. remains an inspiring force in the Garden State, as residents participated in community, cultural, and volunteer events to honor the civil rights pioneer’s legacy on MLK Day. “It’s a day to celebrate a very revolutionary man, a real hero,” said Ajani Bostic from South Orange, who attended the “Acts of Kindness” community event with his mother at the Newark Museum of Art on Monday. “MLK Community Day is a day of giving back to the commu

Vigil planned for heroic mother, daughter killed in N.J. house fire

A community is grieving after a heroic mother and her young daughter were killed during a fast-moving fire in their Monmouth County home Friday night. A vigil to honor the lives of Jacqueline Montanaro, 39, and Madelyn Montanaro, 6, of Hazlet Township will be held at a nearby park Tuesday night, township officials said. The fire broke out on the first floor of the Montanaro family’s home Friday around midnight. Authorities said William Montanaro, Jacqueline and their 8-year-old daughter were a

‘#TeamSnow, be patient,’ NWS says as Sunday snowstorm looks to be a dud

New Jersey will have to wait a little longer for the first big snow storm of the season, as the forecast for tonight’s storm falls far short of any significant snowfall. The top half off of the state is expected to see light rain and snow Sunday night, with accumulations of less than an inch in most areas, the National Weather Service said early Sunday morning. Any snow accumulation will mostly be seen on grassy or other cold surfaces, the NWS said, meaning there will be little to no impact to

Newark cop stabbed by domestic violence suspect released from hospital

A Newark police officer injured while responded to a domestic violence incident earlier this week was released from the hospital Saturday afternoon. Officer Ramon Aguirre suffered stab wounds during the Thursday incident on the 600 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé said. He was treated at University Hospital for stab wounds so his back arm area and his hand, a department spokeswoman said. A second officer and a resident were also stabbed during

Home sales slowed in all 21 N.J. counties last month despite more price drops

Fewer New Jersey families hung their stocking and lit fires in new homes this holiday season, with total home sales down in all 21 counties in December compared to the same time last year, even as Home sales were down by one-third from Nov. 28 and Dec. 25, 2022 compared to the same four-week span a year earlier, when the housing market was still scorching hot, new data published by national real estate brokerage Redfin. Hudson County saw the sharpest decline in home sales, with nearly half as

Employment rates for those with disabilities remain too low in N.J., advocates say

Patrice Jetter absolutely loves her job. As a school crossing guard in Hamilton Township, she looks forward to greeting the kids each day, making sure they get to their destination safely and building a rapport with the elementary school children she helps. Jetter is both incredibly typical — a hardworking New Jersey resident who wants to make their community better— and an outlier. As an adult with cerebral palsy that has effects on her cognitively and physically, she among a small number of r

See Cape May County school-by-school results for standardized state tests

New Jersey’s standardized test results for the 2021-2022 school year saw a decrease in scores in the first post-COVID-19 spring test given to students. Detailed school-by-school scores for Cape May County districts are in the chart below. Statewide, test scores on the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment dropped significantly after years of COVID-19 learning losses. Across most subjects in most grades, any growth in scores since the test was implemented was erased.

See Sussex County school-by-school results for standardized state tests

New Jersey’s standardized test results for the 2021-2022 school year saw a decrease in scores in the first post-COVID-19 spring test given to students. Detailed school-by-school scores for Sussex County districts are in the chart below. Statewide, test scores on the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment dropped significantly after years of COVID-19 learning losses. Across most subjects in most grades, any growth in scores since the test was implemented was erased.

See Warren County school-by-school results for standardized state tests

New Jersey’s standardized test results for the 2021-2022 school year saw a decrease in scores in the first post-COVID-19 spring test given to students. Detailed school-by-school scores for Warren County districts are in the chart below. Statewide, test scores on the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment dropped significantly after years of COVID-19 learning losses. Across most subjects in most grades, any growth in scores since the test was implemented was erased.

See Monmouth County school-by-school results for standardized state tests

New Jersey’s standardized test results for the 2021-2022 school year saw a decrease in scores in the first post-COVID-19 spring test given to students. Detailed school-by-school scores for Monmouth County districts are in the chart below. Statewide, test scores on the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment dropped significantly after years of COVID-19 learning losses. Across most subjects in most grades, any growth in scores since the test was implemented was erased.

See Hudson County school-by-school results for standardized state tests

New Jersey’s standardized test results for the 2021-2022 school year saw a decrease in scores in the first post-COVID-19 spring test given to students. Detailed school-by-school scores for Hudson County districts are in the chart below. Statewide, test scores on the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment dropped significantly after years of COVID-19 learning losses. Across most subjects in most grades, any growth in scores since the test was implemented was erased.

See Gloucester County school-by-school results for standardized state tests

New Jersey’s standardized test results for the 2021-2022 school year saw a decrease in scores in the first post-COVID-19 spring test given to students. Detailed school-by-school scores for Gloucester County districts are in the chart below. Statewide, test scores on the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment dropped significantly after years of COVID-19 learning losses. Across most subjects in most grades, any growth in scores since the test was implemented was erased.

See Essex County school-by-school results for standardized state tests

New Jersey’s standardized test results for the 2021-2022 school year saw a decrease in scores in the first post-COVID-19 spring test given to students. Detailed school-by-school scores for Essex County districts are in the chart below. Statewide, test scores on the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment dropped significantly after years of COVID-19 learning losses. Across most subjects in most grades, any growth in scores since the test was implemented was erased.

See Atlantic County school-by-school results for standardized state tests

New Jersey’s standardized test results for the 2021-2022 school year saw a decrease in scores in the first post-COVID-19 spring test given to students. Detailed school-by-school scores for Atlantic County districts are in the chart below. Statewide, test scores on the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment dropped significantly after years of COVID-19 learning losses. Across most subjects in most grades, any growth in scores since the test was implemented was erased.

See Passaic County school-by-school results for standardized state tests

New Jersey’s standardized test results for the 2021-2022 school year saw a decrease in scores in the first post-COVID-19 spring test given to students. Detailed school-by-school scores for Passaic County districts are in the chart below. Statewide, test scores on the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment dropped significantly after years of COVID-19 learning losses. Across most subjects in most grades, any growth in scores since the test was implemented was erased. The scores, released last

See Bergen County school-by-school results for standardized state tests

New Jersey’s standardized test results for the 2021-2022 school year saw a decrease in scores in the first post-COVID-19 spring test given to students. Detailed school-by-school scores for Bergen County districts are in the chart below. Statewide, test scores on the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment dropped significantly after years of COVID-19 learning losses. Across most subjects in most grades, any growth in scores since the test was implemented was erased.

See Ocean County school-by-school results for standardized state tests

New Jersey’s standardized test results for the 2021-2022 school year saw a decrease in scores in the first post-COVID-19 spring test given to students. Detailed school-by-school scores for Ocean County districts are in the chart below. Statewide, test scores on the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment dropped significantly after years of COVID-19 learning losses. Across most subjects in most grades, any growth in scores since the test was implemented was erased.

See school-by-school scores for N.J. standardized state tests

New Jersey’s standardized test results for the 2021-2022 school year saw a decrease in scores in the first post-COVID-19 spring test given to students. Links to detailed school-by-school scores for your county are below. Statewide, test scores on the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment dropped significantly after years of COVID-19 learning losses. Across most subjects in most grades, any growth in scores since the test was implemented was erased.

N.J. hunters killed 114 bears during short season

The New Jersey bear hunt saw the fewest number of bears killed in at least a decade, data provided by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection showed, but department officials say the unusual nature of the hunt makes it hard to compare to past years. During eight full days of hunting, 113 bears were killed, with an additional bear killed during a shortened day, for a total of 114. This was the shortest hunt in a decade, and there was no October session. “When you track the data, compare a

N.J. standardized test scores are here. See how your district did in spring 2022.

New Jersey student proficiency rates fell to 2015 levels during the COVID-19 pandemic, but education officials and advocates said the state’s recently released test scores could help guide future efforts to address those losses. The long-awaited scores, released Friday, show that 51.1% of students in the state’s more than 600 districts were not meeting grade expectations in English Language Arts and 64.6% were not meeting expectations in mathematics. In the spring of 2020 and 2021, students di
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