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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Report: New Jersey Kids are Well-Prepared for Success

New Jersey schools are among the best in the nation in preparing students to succeed in life, according to Education Week magazine’s “Quality Counts 2009” report.

The study measured key indicators of student success to compile a rating of each state’s public schools in six different variables. The Garden State ranked second best nationally in the “chance for success” index, which measures more than a dozen indicators to gauge children’s odds of success as they move through school and into the workforce.

The report ranked New Jersey third best in the nation in the K-12 student achievement, with a grade of B-minus. The national average was D-plus.

New Jersey schools, among the best funded in the nation, received a B-plus for school finance (fourth in the nation). In other measures, the Garden State received a B-minus in the area of the state’s “standards, assessment and accountability” (30th in the nation); a C-plus (17th in the nation) for policies related to transitions and alignment of one stage of education to the next, such as K-12 to college; and a C for the teaching profession (25th in the nation).

Overall, New Jersey is ranked fifth highest in the nation with a grade of B-minus (no state earned an A).

(Reprinted from New Jersey School Boards Association "School Board Notes")

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