Despite Aid Cuts, N.J. Students Improved Test Scores in 2010-11 School Year

February 1, 2012

TRENTON — New Jersey's public school students racked up slightly higher test scores in most grades in the 2010-11 school year, despite Gov. Chris Christie's cutting about $1 billion in state aid to schools that year, according to standardized test results released today by the state Board of Education.

Students posted slightly higher test stores in math and language arts in most grades, from 3 through 8, and in high school. In science, however, a subject in which students are tested only in fourth and eighth grades, scores dropped.

Many schools experienced cuts in staff and other areas in 2010-11, due to the steep drop in state aid. But results of the NJASK tests, given in grade school, and the High School Proficiency Assessment showed most weathered the storm.

"The year that generated that cut, actually turned out to be a year where we had decent student (achievement)," said Acting Commissioner Christopher Cerf, cautioning "I don't want to leave you with the impression that means we can cut more. I don't think that's a good idea."

Christie, in fact, returned some of the money to schools the following year.