New Jersey high school graduation rate highest in nation

    News of high graduation rates in New Jersey high schools have those most vocal about education speaking out once more. An annual review revealed the state awarded diplomas to 87 percent of its high school students — the highest high school graduation rate in the nation.

    Despite the current glory, the Star-Ledger reports the Christie administration has warned the optimistic to be cautious, noting that percentage will likely decline next fall when a more rigorous federal calculation system takes effect. The administration went on to say many first-time students at northern New Jersey community colleges still need to take remedial math and English courses to keep up.

    But the New Jersey Education Association says the high rate (which happens to be down from 93 percent in 2007-2008) is positive news and the guv’s office should treat it as such.

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