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New Jersey is the best in the nation when it comes to education, according to a report released this week.

Education Week Research Center’s “Quality Counts 2019” report, which examines the nation’s K-12 school systems based on data, says students in New Jersey have the most education opportunities and best performance overall.

This year’s report, the 23rd from Education Week, was released in three installments over the year.

“This third and final installment of Quality Counts 2019 pulls together all the strands of Education Week’s yearlong dive into the strengths and weaknesses of K-12 education based on a wealth of national and state-level data, from test scores and diplomas to spending and socioeconomic factors that can affect student readiness for the K-12 system, for college and for lifelong achievement,” the editor’s note for the report states.

According to the report, the nation as a whole earned a C grade, but New Jersey took home a B-plus, scoring 87.8 out of 100 points. The Garden State beat out Massachusetts, a perennial favorite, by a few hundredths of a point on the combined scores.

The state earned a B-plus in the Chance for Success category, a B-plus in finance and a B for the K-12 Achievement Index.

New Jersey Education Association President Marie Blistan said the employees in the state’s schools deserve the credit for the honor.

“The entire school team has to work together to ensure our students get a great education,” Blistan said in a statement following the announcement. “From the bus drivers who deliver them safely, to the cafeteria workers who keep them healthy, to the custodial and maintenance employees who keep them safe, to the classroom paraprofessionals who give them individual attention and instruction, our students rely on a team of dedicated adults every day. So we give credit to every secretary, every nurse, every librarian, every counselor, every child study team member, every technology specialist and, of course, every teacher, because we all work together for our students’ success.”

For more information and to view the full report, click here.

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I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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