Nearly 60 schools have been tabbed by Governor Chris Christie as "Reward Schools" due to the students' overall performance or progress on tests.

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The Reward Schools which are listed annually, with the awards this year going to schools that in the 2011-2012 state tests either showed high achievement levels overall or the greatest progress as indicated by the state’s new system of “student growth percentiles” (SGP).

The number of Reward Schools listed this year is half of last year’s 112 schools, largely due to the fact that schools now required to meet specific achievement targets.

Only nine schools were highlighted as “high growth” for reaching the progress targets, with the remaining 48 listed were labeled  as “high performing” based on overall achievement.

Just one charter school made the list, the Robert Treat Academy Charter School in Newark, for the second year.

To view the entire list of reward schools in NJ, for 2013 just click HERE.