Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School

Summary:

Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School is a public elementary school serving 417 students in grades K-5 in Plainfield, New Jersey, which is part of the Plainfield Public School District. The school has a predominantly Hispanic student population (88.73%) and a very high percentage of students (88.49%) who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a high concentration of students from low-income families.

Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School consistently ranks in the bottom 10% of New Jersey elementary schools, with significantly below-average performance on state assessments in both English Language Arts and Mathematics. For example, in the 2022-2023 school year, only 13.6% of 3rd graders, 15.7% of 4th graders, and 27.7% of 5th graders were proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to the state averages of 42%, 51.3%, and 53.2%, respectively. The school's performance in mathematics is similarly low, with only 15.9% of 3rd graders, 10.9% of 4th graders, and 13% of 5th graders achieving proficiency, compared to the state averages of 45.9%, 44.3%, and 40.1%. Additionally, Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School has experienced a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 9.4% in 2016-2017 to 26.4% in 2020-2021, and 24.2% in 2021-2022, which is substantially higher than the state average.

When comparing Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School to other nearby schools in the Plainfield Public School District, such as Cedarbrook Elementary School, Emerson Community School, Frederic W. Cook Elementary School, and Charles H. Stillman Elementary School, it becomes evident that the academic performance challenges are not unique to this school. However, when comparing Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School to higher-performing schools outside the Plainfield district, such as Bayberry School in Watchung and School One Elementary in Scotch Plains, the academic performance gap becomes even more pronounced.


Detail:

Public K-5

 E Front St & Farragut Rd
       Plainfield, NJ  07060


(908) 731-4300

District: Plainfield Public School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
1254th of 1,342 New Jersey Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,430 Help


Students who attend Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Maxson Middle School
High:    Plainfield Academy For The Arts & Advanced Studies
    Plainfield High School

Student/teacher ratio:  14.2 Help
Number of students:  417

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
88.7%
African American:
9.1%
White:
1.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  88.5% Help


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Compare Details Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School ranks worse than 93.4% of elementary schools in New Jersey. It also ranks 7th among 9 ranked elementary schools in the Plainfield Public School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 9.68. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (88.7%), African American (9.1%), White (1.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 88.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School is 14.2. 4 elementary schools in the Plainfield Public School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School employs 29.3 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School is $10,430, which is the 3rd highest among 9 elementary schools in the Plainfield Public School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School 1254th of 1342 New Jersey public elementary schools. (See Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School in the ranking list.)

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Plainfield Public School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Plainfield Public School District 564th of 615 New Jersey school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 3.93 1129th 1204 6.2%
2004 11.42 1155th 1298 11.0%
2005 8.19 1202nd 1303 7.8%
2006 12.39 1172nd 1314 10.8%
2007 18.43 1152nd 1329 13.3%
2008 28.49 1088th 1338 18.7%
2009 9.65 1230th 1346 8.6%
2010 13.87 1201st 1354 11.3%
2011 10.32 1242nd 1360 8.7%
2012 18.40 1160th 1363 14.9%
2013 9.73 1238th 1367 9.4%
2014 8.57 1255th 1363 7.9%
2015 8.03 1266th 1357 6.7%
2016 13.41 1184th 1346 12.0%
2017 9.92 1223rd 1352 9.5%
2018 13.30 1191st 1353 12.0%
2019 9.45 1250th 1360 8.1%
2022 12.17 1202nd 1345 10.6%
2023 9.68 1254th 1342 6.6%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 35.79 275th 434 36.6%
2019 26.90 343rd 463 25.9%
2022 31.74 326th 489 33.3%
2023 30.27 352nd 499 29.5%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 13.31 913th 1001 8.8%
2019 11.36 960th 1007 4.7%
2022 19.83 772nd 949 18.7%
2023 22.30 733rd 958 23.5%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 32.59 708th 942 24.8%
2019 29.10 680th 948 28.3%
2022 28.19 625th 863 27.6%
2023 27.53 672nd 910 26.2%
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Rank History for Female students at Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 11.21 1190th 1333 10.7%
2019 7.49 1241st 1331 6.8%
2022 15.16 1125th 1326 15.2%
2023 11.74 1174th 1318 10.9%
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Rank History for Male students at Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 17.72 1118th 1334 16.2%
2019 13.63 1159th 1335 13.2%
2022 10.39 1205th 1324 9.0%
2023 9.60 1214th 1315 7.7%
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Rank History for African American students at Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 40.90 281st 517 45.6%
2019 32.49 384th 522 26.4%
2022 34.89 332nd 494 32.8%
2023 13.14 440th 463 5.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 28.05 634th 870 27.1%
2019 15.88 754th 899 16.1%
2022 23.25 743rd 953 22.0%
2023 22.00 786th 982 20.0%
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Data source: test scores: New Jersey Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 15 197 3 57 0 n/a n/a 0 272
1989 23 218 2 62 0 n/a n/a 0 305
1990 11 223 2 44 0 n/a n/a 0 280
1991 8 219 2 44 0 n/a n/a 0 273
1992 5 229 1 42 0 n/a n/a 0 277
1993 7 245 3 45 0 n/a n/a 0 300
1994 5 206 0 39 0 n/a n/a 0 250
1995 5 211 0 41 0 n/a n/a 0 257
1996 5 211 0 41 0 n/a n/a 0 257
1998 0 261 0 62 0 n/a n/a 0 323
1999 1 221 2 63 0 n/a n/a 0 287
2000 1 240 2 70 0 n/a n/a 0 313
2001 1 256 3 109 0 n/a n/a 0 369
2002 1 234 4 138 0 n/a n/a 0 377
2003 1 234 4 138 0 n/a n/a 0 377
2004 1 225 2 155 0 n/a n/a 0 383
2005 1 213 3 161 3 n/a n/a 0 381
2006 0 184 2 178 1 n/a n/a 0 365
2007 0 135 0 157 1 n/a n/a 0 293
2008 0 111 1 147 3 n/a n/a 0 262
2009 0 127 1 161 2 0 0 0 291
2010 0 130 0 202 2 0 0 0 334
2011 0 128 1 209 1 0 0 0 339
2012 1 115 2 216 0 0 0 0 334
2013 1 91 4 266 1 0 0 0 363
2014 0 110 4 284 0 0 1 0 399
2015 1 93 4 310 0 0 2 0 410
2016 2 78 3 326 0 0 3 0 412
2017 4 68 4 321 0 0 3 0 400
2018 5 70 3 321 0 0 3 0 402
2019 6 61 3 302 0 0 1 0 373
2020 7 48 2 324 0 0 0 0 381
2021 11 54 2 347 0 0 1 0 415
2022 6 42 1 349 0 0 1 0 399
2023 7 38 1 370 0 0 1 0 417

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 272 14.0 19.4 n/a
1989 305 17.0 17.9 n/a
1990 280 15.0 18.6 42.5
1991 273 13.0 21.0 53.5
1992 277 13.0 21.3 67.1
1993 300 16.5 18.2 70.3
1994 250 14.0 17.9 80.4
1995 257 16.0 16.1 73.9
1996 257 16.0 16.1 73.9
1998 323 18.0 17.9 74.6
1999 287 19.0 15.1 68.6
2000 313 19.0 16.5 73.8
2001 369 19.3 19.1 79.9
2002 377 33.0 11.4 69.8
2003 377 33.0 11.4 69.8
2004 383 28.0 13.7 73.9
2005 381 33.0 11.5 n/a
2006 365 34.0 10.7 84.9
2007 293 30.0 9.8 90.4
2008 262 27.0 9.7 86.6
2009 291 26.9 9.4 84.2
2010 334 26.0 12.8 82.3
2011 339 23.0 14.7 89.7
2012 334 26.1 12.7 87.1
2013 363 20.0 18.1 94.5
2014 399 23.0 17.3 95.7
2015 410 24.0 17.0 92.9
2016 412 28.0 14.7 91
2017 400 26.0 15.3 91
2018 402 26.0 15.4 90.3
2019 373 30.5 12.2 87.4
2020 381 26.2 14.5 89.8
2021 415 24.0 17.2 80
2022 399 31.0 12.8 89.5
2023 417 29.3 14.2 88.5

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 272 14.0 19.4 n/a
1989 305 17.0 17.9 n/a
1990 280 15.0 18.6 42.5
1991 273 13.0 21.0 53.5
1992 277 13.0 21.3 67.1
1993 300 16.5 18.2 70.3
1994 250 14.0 17.9 80.4
1995 257 16.0 16.1 73.9
1996 257 16.0 16.1 73.9
1998 323 18.0 17.9 74.6
1999 287 19.0 15.1 68.6
2000 313 19.0 16.5 73.8
2001 369 19.3 19.1 79.9
2002 377 33.0 11.4 69.8
2003 377 33.0 11.4 69.8
2004 383 28.0 13.7 73.9
2005 381 33.0 11.5 n/a
2006 365 34.0 10.7 84.9
2007 293 30.0 9.8 90.4
2008 262 27.0 9.7 86.6
2009 291 26.9 9.4 84.2
2010 334 26.0 12.8 82.3
2011 339 23.0 14.7 89.7
2012 334 26.1 12.7 87.1
2013 363 20.0 18.1 94.5
2014 399 23.0 17.3 95.7
2015 410 24.0 17.0 92.9
2016 412 28.0 14.7 91
2017 400 26.0 15.3 91
2018 402 26.0 15.4 90.3
2019 373 30.5 12.2 87.4
2020 381 26.2 14.5 89.8
2021 415 24.0 17.2 80
2022 399 31.0 12.8 89.5
2023 417 29.3 14.2 88.5

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $260 (2.5%) $10,170 (97.5%) $10,430

Data source: New Jersey Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1250th of 1360 Elementary schoolsRanks 1254th of 1342 Elementary schools
 1.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School)19.413.6
 5.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Plainfield Public School District)21.417.4
 4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)50.242
 8.2%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School)23.115.9
 7.2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Plainfield Public School District)26.322.2
 4.1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)55.145.9
 9.2%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School)37.315.7
 21.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Plainfield Public School District)25.720.1
 5.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)57.451.3
 6.1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School)28.110.9
 17.2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Plainfield Public School District)18.619.4
 0.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)5144.3
 6.7%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School)22.627.7
 5.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Plainfield Public School District)25.219.7
 5.5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)57.953.2
 4.7%
5th Grade Mathematics (Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School)18.213
 5.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Plainfield Public School District)17.111.8
 5.3%
   5th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)46.840.1
 6.7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students373417
 11.8%
African American6138
 37.7%
American Indian00
Asian31
 66.7%
Hispanic302370
 22.5%
Pacific Islander00
White67
 16.7%
Two or More Races11
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients87.4%88.5%
 1.1%


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Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School ranks in the bottom 6.6% of New Jersey elementary schools.

Students at Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School are 89% Hispanic, 9% African American, 2% White.

In the 2022-23 school year, 417 students attended Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School.


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