States are moving closer to aligning high school requirements with college expectations according to a report issued Monday.  But there is still quite a way to go according to the fifth "Closing the Expectations Gap"  report published by Achieve, Inc.  as part of the American Diploma Project.

New Jersey is one of 31 states that now have high school standards aligned with the expectation of college and careers.  Five years ago just three states were aligned. This is the only reform goal N.J. has met so far.

Twenty-one states have aligned high school graduation requirements  with college and career expectations.

Fourteen states have state testing systems aligned to college and career expectations.

Sixteen states have developed data systems that track students from preschool though college.

Just one state, Texas, has met all four criteria, plus developed an accountability and reporting system.

While everyone wants high standards and expectations for high school graduates, not everyone agrees on what they should be and how they should be tested.