Students' test scores divided by achievement gap in New Jersey - pressofAtlanticCity.com: Breaking News Well Mr. Anderson, believe it or not, there is plenty of debate on that correlation. Righties claim that the biggest factors are teachers, tenure, and accountability. Lefties claim poor kids in poor schools just need more money. The teachers claim they need more parental involvement. The irony is that Wildwood gets more money than any school in the community. The teachers START over $50K with a bachelor's degree. Schools are simply a microcosm of the larger community. Parents who support education generally have good schools and vice versa. I don't know what the solution is, but I do know that no amount of testing, firing, or money will make Wildwood's test scores go up. Those parents need jobs. Period.