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By Mike DeNardo

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — A new evaluation of New Jersey schools lists nearly every Camden public school among the worst in the state.

Twenty-three of the 26 schools in the Camden School District ranked among the worst performing schools in New Jersey, under the state’s new accountability system.

New Jersey got a federal waiver from the requirements of the “No Child Left Behind” law, so this system replaces the “Adequate Yearly Progress” measurement used for assessing compliance with that.

The Camden schools are among 75 so-called “priority” schools statewide.  New Jersey state education department spokesman Justin Barra says those schools won’t get any more money, although the state will provide interventions through regional offices starting in September.

“In the case of schools in Camden in particular, but any ‘priority’ school across the state, we’ll be working with the school and the district on both the instruction, but also the operational side and how are we allocating resources and how are they aligned to improve student achievement,” Barra told KYW Newsradio today.

Camden school officials did not immediately return our calls for comment.


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