Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Standardized testing is a 'necessary evil,' guidance chief says.
Wednesday, February 6
As part of her presentation on the Chatham High School class of 2012 to the Board of Education Monday, Director of School Counseling Julie Patterson also presented information on student performance on standardized tests. While many colleges are becoming standardized testing-optional, Patterson said it is still a “necessary evil.” She said offering the preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test, or PSAT, is important because it allows students to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. To qualify, students’ testing sections – critical reading, math and writing – are added together, and the sums are ranked to determine the nation’s highest scores. The top two to five percent scores are commended, and the top one percent in …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Most college-bound graduates want to look 'anywhere but New Jersey,' school counseling chief says.
More than 90 percent of 2012 graduates from Chatham High School went on to attend four-year colleges, and 84 percent of those students are attending competitive schools, according to Julie Patterson, the high school’s director of school counseling. Patterson explained during her annual graduate report at the Jan. 28 Board of Education meeting that 260 of the 287 graduates went to four-year-colleges, 18 went to two-year colleges, four are in the military service and one is going to a technical school. The other four went directly into employment, a number she said is high for Chatham High. Patterson uses Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges to get an idea of the competitive level of schools graduates choose to attend. Eighty-four percent …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Director of School Counseling will report on how Chatham High School's class of 2012 measures up.
Dr. Michael LaSusa will present the annual report on Chatham High School's program of studies and recent graduates at the Board of Education meeting Monday. Julie Patterson, the director of School Counseling at Chatham High, usually gives the presentation during the Superintendent's Report. The report includes information on how many graduates go to four-year colleges, how many prefer the SATs to the ACTs, and other information on how Chatham High students use the school to prepare for the next phase of their lives. The 2013-14 program of studies is also up for approval. LaSusa will report on the program of studies during his report to the board. The board will also begin its first public discussions of the 2013-14 school budget. They will…
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Almost all members of the class of 2011 went to college.
Julie Patterson, the director of School Counseling at Chatham High School, gave her presentation on the class of 2011 to the Board of Education Monday. Of the 245 most recent graduates from the high school, Patterson said, 98 percent went into two- or four-year colleges. The remainder, a total of five students, went into technical schools or straight into employment. Of the 98 percent who went to colleges and universities, 92 percent chose to attend four-year institutions. Of the classes of 2010 and 2011, 68 percent stayed in the eastern U.S. for college but only 10 percent stayed in New Jersey. "We were thinking that number might increase somewhat. There are lots of perks for students to stay in our state, especially our top students, but…