State Test Scores Reveal Some Gains, Widening Achievement Gap

Budget cuts cost New Jersey school districts $1 billion, with some of the poorest districts paying the biggest price

By John Mooney

The annual release of New Jersey school test scores can be maddening in its mixed messages.

On the one hand, the 2010-2011 scores released yesterday rose slightly or at least held steady overall in a majority of grades, a good thing for what have been tough times. In math, there were some notable gains for any given year.

On the other, state officials are quick to point out that the gaps in achievement between rich and poor, white and minority, are wide and in some instances widening alarmingly.