New Jersey ranks among the top 3 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. Source: Education Week. Quality Quality Counts 2017: Building on ESSA's K-12 Foundation. January. Continue reading

New Jersey is among the top two states 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. Source: College Board. AP Cohort Data: Graduating Class of 2016.. Continue reading

A study that adjusts NAEP Scores based on the percent of disadvantaged students in the public schools (New Jersey having fewer disadvantaged students than many other lowering performing states), still finds NJ with the 2nd highest average NAEP score of any state in the country. Source: Urban Institute. Breaking the Curve: Promises and Pitfalls of Using NAEP Data to Assess the State Role in Student Achievement. October. Continue reading

The proportion of New Jersey public school fourth graders who scored at the highest two levels in mathematics in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has nearly doubled since 1996. The proportion of eighth graders has doubled since 1996 to the highest level ever recorded in the state. Source: National Center for Education Statistics. 2015 NAEP Mathematics: Nation's Report Card. October. Continue reading

Compared to New Jersey, only two other states in the nation have a statistically higher proportion of public school 4th graders scoring at the highest two levels in math in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Only three other states have an average score that is statistically higher than New Jersey on the 4th Grade Mathematics Exam. Source: 2015 NAEP Mathematics: Nation's Report Card.A First Look: 2013 Mathematics and Reading. October. Continue reading

Compared to New Jersey, only one other state in the nation has a statistically higher proportion of public school 8th graders scoring at the highest two levels in math in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Furthermore, only one other state has an average score that is statistically higher than New Jersey on the 8th Grade Mathematics Exam. Source: National Center for Education Statistics. 2015 NAEP Mathematics: Nation's Report Card.. October. Continue reading

Many more New Jersey students than ever before are getting high scores on their SAT college entrance examinations. The number of New Jersey high school students scoring 600 or higher each year on the Math SAT has nearly doubled since 1994. Source: College Board. 2015 College-Bound Seniors State Profile Report: New. Continue reading

In a comparison of New Jersey’s eighth grade NAEP math scores with eighth grade math scores in countries world-wide, New Jersey public school students out-performed all but five Asian countries.They out-performed students in Canadian Provinces and across Europe, including the highly rated Finland schools. Source: National Center for Education Statistics. US States in a Global Context: Results from the 2011NAEP-TIMSS Linking Study. October. Continue reading

Compared to New Jersey, only one other state in the nation has a statistically higher proportion of public school 4th graders scoring at the highest two levels in reading in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Furthermore, only one other state has an average score that is statistically higher than New Jersey on the 4th Grade Reading Exam. Source: National Center for Education Statistics. 2015 NAEP Reading: Nation's Report Card. October. Continue reading

No other state in the nation scores statistically higher than New Jersey in students’ ability to demonstrate their understanding of words as used in literary and informational texts on the 8th Grade Reading NAEP. Source: The Nation’s Report Card: Vocabulary Results from the 2013 NAEP Reading Assessment. March. Continue reading

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