If you need something good about New Jersey to start off the New Year, consider this: The Garden State has earned a B+ on the Chance-for-Success Index from Education Week, making it one of the two best states in the country to raise your kids. New York, which earned the only A- awarded, was in the top spot.
The Chance-for-Success Index folds together key family, education, and economic indicators across three broad categories: early foundations, school years, and adult outcomes. Among those indicators are family income; parental employment and education; preschool and kindergarten enrollment; math and reading scores in select grades; high school graduation; and adult education, income, and steady employment levels.
Four states earned a B+ grade: New Jersey (89.1), New Hampshire (88.8), Connecticut (87.4), and Minnesota (87.0). New Mexico was at the bottom of the rankings, with a D+.
The country as a whole was graded C+ for Chance for Success, with a score of 79.0, slightly higher than the 78.5 it earned in 2018.
The Chance-for-Success Index is included in the first of three Quality Counts reports being rolled out by Education Week in 2019.