J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School

Summary:

J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School is a public elementary school serving 535 students in grades PK-4 in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District in New Jersey. The school's student population is predominantly White (65.23%), with significant Asian (13.08%) and Hispanic (11.4%) populations as well.

J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School consistently outperforms the state and district averages in standardized test scores for both English Language Arts and Mathematics. In the 2022-2023 school year, 72.3% of 3rd graders and 75.3% of 4th graders were proficient or better in ELA, compared to the state averages of 42% and 51.3%, respectively. In Mathematics, 75.2% of 3rd graders and 73.2% of 4th graders were proficient or better, compared to the state averages of 45.9% and 44.3%. The school has a strong statewide ranking, placing in the top 10-15% of New Jersey elementary schools, and has a relatively diverse student population with low chronic absenteeism and low free/reduced lunch rates.

When compared to other elementary schools in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood district, J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School generally outperforms its peers in academic metrics, statewide rankings, and student demographics. In contrast, when compared to elementary schools in the neighboring Plainfield Public School District, J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School significantly outperforms its counterparts, highlighting the disparities in educational outcomes between the two districts.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-4

 16 Kevin Road
       Scotch Plains, NJ  07076


(908) 757-7555

District: Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
134th of 1,342 New Jersey Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $7,390 Help


Students who attend J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Terrill Middle School
High:    Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School

Student/teacher ratio:  13.5 Help
Number of students:  535

Racial breakdown:

White:
65.2%
Asian:
13.1%
Hispanic:
11.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  1.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School ranks better than 90% of elementary schools in New Jersey. It also ranks first among 5 ranked elementary schools in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 88.97. (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 J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School has the largest elementary school student body size in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District. Racial makeup is: White (65.2%), Asian (13.1%), Hispanic (11.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 1.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School is 13.5, which is the highest among 5 elementary schools in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District! (See more...)
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Compare J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School employs 39.3 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School is $7,390, which is the lowest among 5 elementary schools in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School 134th of 1342 New Jersey public elementary schools. (See J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School in the ranking list.)

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Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District 127th of 615 New Jersey school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 69.42 453rd 1204 62.4%
2004 72.95 374th 1298 71.2%
2005 71.91 415th 1303 68.2%
2006 78.95 202nd 1314 84.6%
2007 77.94 206th 1329 84.5%
2008 76.41 286th 1338 78.6%
2009 76.84 292nd 1346 78.3%
2010 82.52 140th 1354 89.7%
2011 79.72 218th 1360 84.0%
2012 80.40 207th 1363 84.8%
2013 77.65 300th 1367 78.1%
2014 81.31 209th 1363 84.7%
2015 89.72 117th 1357 91.4%
2016 87.13 141st 1346 89.5%
2017 91.80 59th 1352 95.6%
2018 90.04 97th 1353 92.8%
2019 80.63 266th 1360 80.4%
2021 85.26 164th 1317 87.5%
2022 90.91 114th 1345 91.5%
2023 88.97 134th 1342 90.0%
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Rank History for Special Education students at J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 90.84 72nd 1001 92.8%
2019 76.20 179th 1007 82.2%
2021 88.00 54th 868 93.8%
2022 77.60 148th 949 84.4%
2023 91.71 50th 958 94.8%
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Rank History for Female students at J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 89.38 83rd 1333 93.8%
2019 79.09 259th 1331 80.5%
2021 82.27 178th 1290 86.2%
2022 92.50 69th 1326 94.8%
2023 86.62 154th 1318 88.3%
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Rank History for Male students at J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 88.77 110th 1334 91.8%
2019 80.64 236th 1335 82.3%
2021 86.28 160th 1297 87.7%
2022 85.85 173rd 1324 86.9%
2023 89.24 118th 1315 91.0%
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Rank History for Asian students at J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 69.10 107th 370 71.1%
2019 67.77 113th 370 69.5%
2021 44.81 204th 339 39.8%
2022 47.94 192nd 348 44.8%
2023 92.25 1st 346 99.7%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 82.48 107th 870 87.7%
2019 63.36 272nd 899 69.7%
2021 98.54 19th 896 97.9%
2022 97.37 21st 953 97.8%
2023 98.12 15th 982 98.5%
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Rank History for White students at J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 86.27 74th 1022 92.8%
2019 72.25 246th 1023 76.0%
2021 80.56 123rd 964 87.2%
2022 86.82 76th 976 92.2%
2023 77.00 180th 975 81.5%
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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.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 298 50 25 0 0 n/a n/a 0 373
1989 298 54 20 0 0 n/a n/a 0 372
1990 302 61 21 0 0 n/a n/a 0 384
1991 280 57 26 8 0 n/a n/a 0 371
1992 262 67 25 11 0 n/a n/a 0 365
1993 292 69 36 12 0 n/a n/a 0 409
1994 297 48 41 20 0 n/a n/a 0 406
1995 354 37 21 14 0 n/a n/a 0 426
1996 354 37 21 14 0 n/a n/a 0 426
1998 423 40 39 19 0 n/a n/a 0 521
1999 419 45 47 16 0 n/a n/a 0 527
2000 446 43 50 15 0 n/a n/a 0 554
2001 466 38 49 18 0 n/a n/a 0 571
2002 411 39 50 19 0 n/a n/a 0 519
2003 411 39 50 19 0 n/a n/a 0 519
2004 403 43 50 15 0 n/a n/a 0 511
2005 433 40 53 14 1 n/a n/a 0 541
2006 437 43 48 20 0 n/a n/a 0 548
2007 417 47 51 29 1 n/a n/a 0 545
2008 403 37 61 26 1 n/a n/a 0 528
2009 397 41 57 22 1 1 0 0 519
2010 433 40 59 19 1 0 0 0 552
2011 394 39 59 31 1 0 10 0 534
2012 360 26 66 41 1 0 17 0 511
2013 352 25 57 41 0 1 22 0 498
2014 351 27 58 36 0 1 24 0 497
2015 315 26 57 36 0 1 22 0 457
2016 303 25 67 58 0 1 18 0 472
2017 341 27 74 57 0 2 15 0 516
2018 353 27 82 61 0 1 16 0 540
2019 356 32 76 69 0 0 19 0 552
2020 344 34 76 67 1 0 19 0 541
2021 293 33 82 60 1 0 20 0 489
2022 317 34 76 63 2 0 21 0 513
2023 349 28 70 61 2 1 24 0 535

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 J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 373 22.0 16.9 n/a
1989 372 25.0 14.8 n/a
1990 384 25.0 15.3 2.3
1991 371 21.0 17.6 1.9
1992 365 22.0 16.5 4.1
1993 409 22.5 18.2 4.6
1994 406 22.0 18.5 3.2
1995 426 24.5 17.4 3.8
1996 426 24.5 17.4 3.8
1998 521 31.0 16.8 1.7
1999 527 31.0 17.0 2.5
2000 554 32.0 17.3 4
2001 571 32.3 17.7 3.7
2002 519 31.0 16.7 3.7
2003 519 31.0 16.7 3.7
2004 511 32.3 15.8 3.9
2005 541 33.0 16.4 n/a
2006 548 34.0 16.1 2.7
2007 545 34.0 16.0 3.9
2008 528 31.0 17.0 2.3
2009 519 37.4 11.9 3.3
2010 552 30.0 18.4 2.9
2011 534 33.1 16.1 3
2012 511 36.2 14.0 1.6
2013 498 33.9 14.6 3.4
2014 497 34.0 14.6 3.2
2015 457 33.0 13.8 4.4
2016 472 33.0 14.3 5.3
2017 516 38.5 13.4 4.1
2018 540 38.2 14.1 2.6
2019 552 39.0 14.1 2
2020 541 38.5 14.0 1.7
2021 489 38.5 12.6 1.6
2022 513 39.3 13.0 0.8
2023 535 39.3 13.5 1.5

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 J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 373 22.0 16.9 n/a
1989 372 25.0 14.8 n/a
1990 384 25.0 15.3 2.3
1991 371 21.0 17.6 1.9
1992 365 22.0 16.5 4.1
1993 409 22.5 18.2 4.6
1994 406 22.0 18.5 3.2
1995 426 24.5 17.4 3.8
1996 426 24.5 17.4 3.8
1998 521 31.0 16.8 1.7
1999 527 31.0 17.0 2.5
2000 554 32.0 17.3 4
2001 571 32.3 17.7 3.7
2002 519 31.0 16.7 3.7
2003 519 31.0 16.7 3.7
2004 511 32.3 15.8 3.9
2005 541 33.0 16.4 n/a
2006 548 34.0 16.1 2.7
2007 545 34.0 16.0 3.9
2008 528 31.0 17.0 2.3
2009 519 37.4 11.9 3.3
2010 552 30.0 18.4 2.9
2011 534 33.1 16.1 3
2012 511 36.2 14.0 1.6
2013 498 33.9 14.6 3.4
2014 497 34.0 14.6 3.2
2015 457 33.0 13.8 4.4
2016 472 33.0 14.3 5.3
2017 516 38.5 13.4 4.1
2018 540 38.2 14.1 2.6
2019 552 39.0 14.1 2
2020 541 38.5 14.0 1.7
2021 489 38.5 12.6 1.6
2022 513 39.3 13.0 0.8
2023 535 39.3 13.5 1.5

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 J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $09 (0.1%) $7,381 (99.9%) $7,390

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

Impact of COVID-19 on J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 266th of 1360 Elementary schoolsRanks 134th of 1342 Elementary schools
 9.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School)73.172.3
 0.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District)69.263.1
 6.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)50.242
 8.2%
3rd Grade Mathematics (J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School)83.375.2
 8.1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District)75.373.3
 2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)55.145.9
 9.2%
4th Grade English Language Arts (J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School)69.975.3
 5.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District)7672.7
 3.3%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)57.451.3
 6.1%
4th Grade Mathematics (J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School)65.573.2
 7.7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District)71.171.9
 0.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)5144.3
 6.7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students552535
 3.1%
African American3228
 12.5%
American Indian02
Asian7670
 7.9%
Hispanic6961
 11.6%
Pacific Islander01
White356349
 2%
Two or More Races1924
 26.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients2%1.5%
 0.5%


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Frequently Asked Questions about J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School

Students at J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School are 65% White, 13% Asian, 11% Hispanic, 5% African American, 4% Two or more races.

In the 2022-23 school year, 535 students attended J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School.

Yes. J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School ranks in the top 10.0% of New Jersey elementary schools.

Students who attend J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Terrill Middle School
High : Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School


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