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ERIC Number: ED479008
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Education Watch: New Jersey. Key Education Facts and Figures. Achievement, Attainment and Opportunity. From Elementary School through College.
Education Trust, Washington, DC.
This document presents key educational statistics for New Jersey's elementary school through college students using data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The report presents state-level data on K-college education, including demographic distribution across each educational level, participation and success in Advanced Placement, percentage of students taking high-level courses, school funding gaps, and high school and college graduation rates. In 2001, 79 percent of all 4th graders were proficient or above in Language Arts/Literacy. Significantly more white than black 4th graders were proficient or above, with 88 percent of white and 55 percent of African American 4th graders performing at this level. In 2001, 62 percent of all 8th graders were proficient or above in mathematics. Significantly more white than black 8th graders were proficient or above. New Jersey did not participate in either the 1998 4th grade reading or the 2000 8th grade mathematics NAEP assessments. African American students are underrepresented in Advanced Placement (AP) exam taking and in gifted and talented programs. Asian American students have a high rate of AP test taking. New Jersey high school students enroll in college at a rate of 54 percent, which is the same as the nationwide rate of 54 percent. About one in six New Jersey secondary classes are taught by teachers lacking a major or minor in the field. Districts with the highest child poverty rates and the highest minority enrollments have more state and local dollars to spend per student than districts with lower child poverty rates and with lower minority enrollments. (SM)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Trust, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress