Graduate Ready NJ

We know what it takes for all New Jersey students to graduate ready for a successful future, whether college or career. While many students and schools in New Jersey are successful, data shows that our strong high school graduation rate does not match the realities of student attainment:

  • Only about half of NJ students are at grade level in reading and math…yet
  • Over 90% of NJ public school students graduate from high school – and
  • Nearly half of all NJ first-time college students take remedial classes. What’s more,
  • Just over half of NJ adults over the age of 25 have a degree or certificate beyond high school.

The good news is that many schools and districts are leading the way, using and building from the supports provided by the state, districts, and community groups. Educators are using New Jersey’s quality academic standards to drive student-centered instruction and our latest student performance results show that this aligned approach is working.

There are six key components – or pillars – to making sure students have what they need as they move along their educational journey. What we need to do now is elevate the stories that show what it takes to achieve results for all students and to prepare our kids and our state for a successful future.

That’s why we’ve started the #GraduateReadyNJ initiative. We want to provide an opportunity for New Jersey parents and educators to share best practices with all districts, and to share stories from parents, educators, business and higher education leaders, and students on what it takes to graduate ready.


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View our pillars: High Expectations

Hear what coalition member Mary O’Malley has to say about the campaign: