New Jersey has scored 89.1% (B+) on the latest Chance-for-Success Index from Education Week and the EdWeek Research Center. Yes, there’s room for improvement, but the Garden State’s grade is significantly above the nation’s C-plus (79.2%).
Top grades went to Massachusetts, with 91.3% (A-). New Jersey’s B+ was enough to secure the second spot, with Connecticut in third place with 88% (B+). The lowest marks went to New Mexico, with a score of 67.2% (D+).
The Chance-for-Success Index folds together key measures across three broad categories: early foundations, school years, and adult outcomes. Indicators include 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.