HVRSD’s Hopewell Elementary and Toll Gate Grammar Receive High Marks

    Hopewell Elementary School and Toll Gate Grammar have both been named New Jersey Rewards Schools, for their 2013 scores by the New Jersey Department of Education (“NJDOE”).

    Reward Schools have “high proficiency levels or high levels of growth,” including progress towards closing the achievement gap, according to the NJDOE. Further classified by the NJDOE as: (1) High-Progress and (2) High Performing. High Progress schools are those that have a high level of student growth, measured by the “student growth percentiles. High Performing are those schools with the “highest-performing in the state, in terms of school-wide proficiency, subgroup proficiency, and graduation rates.”

    This year, HES and Toll Gate received the classification of “High Progress” which was awarded to only 19 schools statewide. HVRSD was also the only district in Mercer County to receive “Reward” status in more than one school. FULL LIST HERE.*

    “Our excellent schools can be attributed to outstanding faculty and administrators, great families and a supportive community. That said, we are always striving to do even more,” said Lisa Wolff, HVRSD School Board President.

    Hopewell Valley Regional School District (HVRSD) was also selected this summer as the only New Jersey school district to participate in a national committee created to inform the design of its score reports for PARCC assessments. PARCC, the “Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers,” is an education assessment tool that will replace NJASK “New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge” in grades 3-8 and HSPA in high school, throughout New Jersey in spring of 2015.

    At the request of PARCC, each participating state was permitted to select one representative school district, and HVRSD was it!

    Congratulations to Hopewell Elementary and Toll Gate Grammar, as well as the entire HVRSD!


    Edited 7/24/14 to clarify schools classified as “high progress” and to include the link to the official NJDOE list.

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    Mary Galioto
    Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council.


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