New Jersey’s public schools are the best in the nation
A leading annual publication ranks New Jersey first in the country based on 19 factors that measure the quality of its public schools.
Leading the Country in Giving Children the Chance to Succeed
New Jersey ranks among the top 2 states in Education Week's "Chance for Success Index," which measures a state's ability to give its children the greatest chance for success and shows that it is doing more in preparing young people for the challenges they will face as adults.
Leading the Country in School Achievement
New Jersey public schools rank among the top 2 in the nation in academic achievement.
Writing scores are the best in the nation
New Jersey eighth graders rank #1—far above any other state in the nation—in writing in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
Reading scores are among the best in the nation
New Jersey average score on the fourth grade reading exam for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the second highest in the nation. New Jersey ranks third in the nation for having the largest proportion of public school eighth graders scoring at the highest two levels in reading NAEP.
Math Scores Are Among the Nation's Best
New Jersey ranks third in the nation for having the largest proportion of public school eighth graders scoring at the highest two levels in math in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and fifth in the nation among fourth graders.
Best AP Scores in the Nation
New Jersey is 1st in the nation in the percentage of Advanced Placement (AP) exams taken by public high school students that result in scores high enough to qualify for college credit.
Highest AP Scores in the Nation
New Jersey is first in the nation in the average Advanced Placement (AP) score for public school students this year.
New Jersey students score higher than ever on AP exams
Not only is New Jersey first in the nation in the average Advanced Placement (AP) score for public school students for the fourth year in a row, this year's score is by far the highest any state has ever scored.
Public school students outperform private schools on AP exams
In New Jersey, public school students score higher than private school students on their AP exams.
More Students Participating in AP Courses
The number of New Jersey public high school students taking and testing in an Advanced Placement (AP) course has increased 79% in the past 10 years.
More High School Students Scoring High Enough to Earn College Credit on AP Exams
The number of New Jersey public high school students scoring 3 or higher on Advanced Placement (AP) exams has increased 81% in the past 10 years.
High school graduation rate is #1 in the nation
New Jersey ranks first in the nation in the percentage of students graduating high school.
New Jersey is #1 the nation in high graduation rates among African-American and Latino students:
New Jersey is #1 in the nation, with the highest percentage of African-American and the highest percentage of Latino students graduating from high school.
Leading the nation in the number of children attending preschool
New Jersey is #1 in the nation in the percentage of 3 and 4-year-olds who are enrolled in preschool.
Pre-school Programs in New Jersey's City Schools Are Best in Nation
New Jersey's high quality pre-school programs in its largest urban school districts are showing big long-lasting gains in student language, literacy and math for children who attend.
New Jersey has made big gains in reading in the state’s poorest districts
New Jersey has made “unprecedented” large-scale gains in third grade reading in its poorest school districts.
Leading the Nation in School Attendance
New Jersey is among the top 3 states in the nation in the average daily attendance of its public school students.