Holmdel High School's above average test scores has earned it a high mark in a new report.
Inside Jersey, a magazine produced by the Star Ledger, used a "proprietary formula" to chart trends in student achievement over the past four years. The magazine used the state's High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA), SAT scores and other data in its calculations to dole out letter grades. The full report can be seen here on NJ.com.
Holmdel High School was given a 'A' grade for "above average test scores, below average growth." The report notes a 1 percent decline in test score over its study period.
The school's stellar composite SAT score of 1788 clearly helped, ranking the school fifth beneath the elite Monmouth County Vocational School District career academies. (High-ranking Biotechnology High School does not appear to be included in the survey.)
Median home values are noted, but not factored into the calculations, according to the report. The home values show that towns with the highest home values had the highest 'grades' in the report. Holmdel Township's median home value is $659,700, the third highest in Monmouth County.
In the print edition of the "New Jersey Top Performing Public High Schools" report, the magazine called 'A' schools "Schools above average to excellent. Many are great schools with scores that remain high."