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New Jersey's high school graduation rate is highest in nation

grads_optState’s 82.1 graduation rate is far above the national average of 69 percent

New Jersey finished at the top of the class again this year, leading the nation in the percentage of students who graduate from high school, according to a national report.

The state's graduation rate of 82.1 percent joins Iowa and Wisconsin as the only three that scored over 80 percent, according to a report by Education Week and Editorial Projects in Education Research Center scheduled for release today, according to an article in

Graduation rates in the state's three largest cities remained the same or dipped slightly from the 2005 numbers. Newark held steady at a rate of 85.1 percent, Jersey City fell to 63.1 from 65.7 while Paterson fell to 45.5 from 47.

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But exactly how students are assessed for college readiness varies significantly from state-to-state. Forty-three percent of all students at public two-year colleges enroll in remedial courses, and 29 percent enroll at four-year institution, according to a report on, a non-partisan public advocacy group for education reform.

New Jersey just began its own high school curriculum reform and plans to add more math and science classes, as well as additional subject tests, to its graduation requirements. Those changes will be phased in through 2016.

"It's a major priority – we're making sure that students enter college and the workforce with the tools they need," said Kathryn Forsyth, spokeswoman for the state Department of Education, who was quoted in the report.


Comments (6)
6 Friday, 10 May 2013 10:58
Thats amazing! Reping Atlantic City!!
5 Wednesday, 19 January 2011 12:06
hiii thats were did
4 Tuesday, 20 July 2010 08:23
Mark Travis Rivera
How ironic is it that our State has the highest graduation rate under the circumstance our State is facing thanks to our governor. Our educational system may not be great, but it's high above the average of graduation rate for our Country.
3 Sunday, 18 April 2010 20:13
Don't be a moron. How could they possibly do that??
2 Thursday, 29 October 2009 17:07
This is amazing! Go New Jersey!

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