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What's Gloucester City Jr Sr High School’s Equity Rating?

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Editor's Note: We reached out to Dr. Dennis Vespe, Gloucester City High School Superintendent and Sean Gorman, Gloucester City High School Principal for a response to this report. As of today we are still waiting for their reply. 

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (Gloucestercitynews.net) (July 2019)-GreatSchools’ Equity Rating shines a light on how well a school is meeting the needs of all students, including those from traditionally disadvantaged populations. Schools should be geared toward helping all kids succeed. A low Equity Rating may mean some student groups are not getting the help they need, while a high rating suggests that a school is closing the achievement gap.

The Equity Rating is based on how low-income and other disadvantaged groups do academically, and the gap between the performance of those groups and other students at the school. But it's an important number for everyone. It takes a well-run and highly effective school to teach kids who don’t have a lot of resources. A high equity rating means a school is doing a good job of teaching all kids. Schools with high equity ratings are the exception rather than the rule, but they’re out there. Consider North Star Academy in Newark, New Jersey and see how this school is beating the odds.

 This school is rated below average in school quality compared to other schools in New Jersey. Students here perform below average on state tests, have below average college readiness measures are making below average year-over-year academic improvement, and this school has below average results in how well it is serving disadvantage students

This school is below the state average in key measures of college and career readiness. (Remember: high graduation rates don't mean much if students are graduating without the coursework and test scores they need to succeed.)

Compared to state averages, students who graduate from this school have:

Test scores

Test scores at this school fall below the state average. This suggests that most students at this school may not be performing at grade level.

Student progress

This rating measures how much students at this school improved from one year to the next, compared to students with similar proficiency levels at other schools in the state.

Students at this school are making less academic progress given where they were last year, compared to similar students in the state.

Low progress with low test scores means... that students are starting at a low point and falling farther behind their peers.

Equity overview

Is this school offering opportunity for all its students, or leaving some kids behind? Successful schools are working to close the achievement gap.

Disadvantaged students at this school may be falling behind other students in the state, and this school may have significant achievement gaps.What's the school doing to help all students succeed? How can you help?


This shows Test Score Ratings for different races/ethnicity. Big differences may suggest that some student groups are not getting the support they need to succeed.


Check out Gloucester City Jr Sr High School equity rating and the demographic breakdown of the student population.

Want to learn more? Here’s how GreatSchools calculate a school’s Equity Rating and how it affect's a school's overall Summary Rating. And here's why the achievement gap matters — for all kids.
Editor's Note: We reached out to Dr. Dennis Vespe, Gloucester City High School Superintendent and Sean Gorman, Gloucester City High School Principal for a response to this report. As of today we are still waiting for their reply. 

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The Gloucester City Board of Education has hired Dr. Dennis Vespe as Superintendent of Schools for the school years 2017 through 2021, according to Margaret McDonnell, Business Administrator, and Board Secretary.  Vespe’s starting salary is $157,500.

He is replacing Joseph Rafferty who will retire on August 31. Rafferty, the former Mt. Ephraim School Superintendent, and a Gloucester City resident was hired in 2012 at a salary of $146,000 plus benefits.  He replaced Paul Spaventa who was receiving a salary of  $162,000 at the time. Shortly thereafter Rafferty's salary was increased to $151,898.

Construction on the New $87 Million Gloucester City Elementary School is Underway

"The $64 million is the total cost of everything for that project, she said. "We do not expect any extra costs at this time, however, there is always a chance that something could happen during construction. We will be posting the progress of the construction on the SDA website. And if there are any additional expenditures they will be posted."  (See SDA website , search for Gloucester City Middle School)

Not included in the project costs is the $20 million that was spent by the federal government and other agencies to clear the ground of contaminants nearly 10 years ago. The school is being built on a former Superfund site. The site, which was contaminated when spent radioactive ore produced by the defunct Welsbach Factory was dumped there, will include a sports field for the new middle school. Other toxins, such as chromium and benzene from three other former industrial sites, also polluted parts of the future school property, according to state records.

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