New Jersey

College and Career Ready Definitions

“The knowledge and skills that high school graduates must possess in English and mathematics— including, but not limited to, reading, writing, communications, teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving—to be successful in any and all future endeavors.”


New Jersey Department of Education. (2012, April). Final report of the New Jersey Department of Education College and Career Readiness Task Force. Trenton, NJ: Author. Retrieved from

Accountability Metrics
  • Student achievement status on state tests
  • Student growth on state tests
  • Chronic absenteeism 
  • Four-year graduation rate
  • Additional graduation rates (five or more years)
  • Dropout rate
  • Participation in advanced course work, including AP or IB classes or dual enrollment
  • Performance in advanced course work, including AP or IB exams and dual enrollment course grades
  • Participation in college entry exams such as SAT or ACT
  • Performance on college entry exams such as SAT, ACT, ACCUPLACER, or COMPASS
  • Participation in PSAT or ACT Aspire
  • Career preparedness participation, including completing career and technical education classes or WorkKeys assessments and participating in job training
  • Postsecondary enrollment
  • Participation of middle school students in honors, pre-AP, or high school level courses
Source: Center for American Progress. (2016). Explore the Data for ‘Making the Grade’. Retrieved from
College and Career Ready Reporting Metrics
Report Card1
High School Proficiency Assessment1
EOC exam results1
Algebra I in eighth grade1
Students enrolled in dance, drama/theater, and music1
Suspension rate1
Expulsion rate1
Students enrolled in postsecondary education1
1. State of New Jersey Department of Education. (n.d.). NJ school performance report. Trenton, NJ: Author. Retrieved from
Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Enrollment and Articulation

New Jersey’s state policy allows students to earn dual credit for academic or CTE postsecondary courses taken at their high school or a postsecondary institution. All public postsecondary institutions in the state are required to accept dual-enrollment credits (ECS, 2015).

Early College High School

The Gateway to College National Network has partnered with institutions of higher education in New Jersey to provide two Early College High School programs as part of the Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI). The Center for Native Education and Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation have partnered with institutions of higher education to each provide an Early College High School program as part of ECHSI. More information about schools participating in ECHSI is available at the ECHSI website (Jobs for the Future, n.d.)


Education Commission of the States. (2015). Dual enrollment – all state profiles. Retrieved from

Jobs for the Future. (n.d.). Schools. Retrieved from

Career Pathways

"New Jersey has adopted the National 16 Career Clusters Model and is implementing all 16 Career Clusters."

New Jersey maintains programs of study, which are developed locally and approved by the state, in the following Career Clusters:

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communication
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Education & Training
  • Finance
  • Government & Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Human Services Career Cluster
  • Information Technology Career Cluster
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics (NASDCTEc, n.d.).


National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium. (n.d.). New Jersey [Interactive map of state CTE profiles]. Retrieved from

Career Exploration and Career Plans

In New Jersey, developing Personalized Student Learning Plans (PSLPs) provides an opportunity to guide students and make learning more meaningful. Plans also help students establish academic, career, and personal goals and explore options for their future. The PSLP pilot program provides an opportunity for schools to explore meaningful, creative, and flexible ways to personalize the learning environment through the development and implementation of a PSLP.


U.S. Department of Labor. (2013). Individualized learning plans across the U.S. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from

Alignment Between High School Graduation and State College Admission Requirements

High School and College Alignment


High School Graduation Requirements

College Admission Requirements

English Credits:



Mathematics Credits:

15.0 (including Algebra I and geometry, or their equivalents)

3.0 (Algebra I, geometry, and Algebra II)

Social Studies Credits:

15.0 (including world history [5.0])

None specified (N/S)

Science Credits:

15.0 (including laboratory biology/life science or the content equivalent [5.0] and an additional laboratory- or inquiry-based science selected from among chemistry, environmental science, or physics [1.0])


Foreign Language Credits:


2.0 (In same language)

Arts Credits:



Additional Credits:

45.0 (including health, safety, and physical education [3.75])


Total Credits:





Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or ACT®


New Jersey Department of Education

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey





Early Warning Systems
New Jersey may have a state-specific Early Warning System, but the system is not publicly available.