By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
We’re all familiar with the myth, Save Jerseyans: “New Jersey’s public schools are peerless save for a few located in socio-economically challenged areas.” (paraphrasing)
Sorry, but that’s bunk. And now we’ve got another report to prove it.
You NEED to check out “Not As Good as You Think: Why Middle-Class Parents in New Jersey Should Be Concerned About Their Local Public Schools,” a report produced by the Pacific Research Institute analyzing academic performance at 1,170 Garden State public schools.
The result? Plenty of middle class suburban kids aren’t college ready!
“These results should cause middle class New Jersey parents to rethink their views on the quality of their neighborhood public schools, and, consequently, to open their minds to other education options, choices and policy changes that would allow their children to escape underperforming schools and attend better-performing alternatives,” the report’s authors explained.
An appetizer: 30% of 114 New Jersey high schools where at least 80% of kids took the SAT saw roughly half of those SAT-takers post a less-than-college ready score.