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Old 02-01-2013, 08:03 AM
 
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NJ ranks #8 in the US! .. Something we already knew

The states with the best and worst schools - Yahoo! Homes
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:14 AM
 
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NJ ranks #8 in the US! .. Something we already knew

The states with the best and worst schools - Yahoo! Homes
The Education Week survey is usually one of the better ones, but you need to look at the actual categories and how they weight them. NJ actually scored much better then the overall 8th place in the category that actually counts.

K-12 Achievement - NJ ranked second in the nation behind Massachusetts with Maryland coming in third. These are the only three states to receive a "B" grade and are far and away better then the next tier of states. This is the one that actually measures academic performance, both currently and improvement over time, as well as minority and disadvantaged student achievement, graduation rate (at 87.4% we are the best in the country) and also grades future success in the number of kids going onto college and how many complete their degree. Basically, everything else is secondary, IMO, to this measure which is the one that shows how good the schools actually perform and NJ is number two in the nation.

They never really explained why we ended up 8th, other years we ended up in 2nd or so, but when it comes to actual education and student performance, we are among the top three in the country.
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