New to the Department’s 2018 graduation data are rates of subgroups of students by gender, homeless students, and students in foster care. The graduation rate last year for males was 88.65 percent and for females it was 93.28 percent. The graduation rate for students in foster care was 62.61 percent and for homeless students it was 72.61 perce
New Jersey has consistently held among the highest graduation rates in the nation; in 2017, New Jersey’s rate of 90.5 percent was second only to Iowa’s rate of 91.0 percent.
The graduation rate is defined as the cohort of ninth-graders who graduate four years later. The Department also calculates the five-year graduation rate. The 2018 graduation rate for students who graduated within five years was 92.4 percent, an increase from 91.8 percent in the previous year.
Additional information and district-by-district graduation rates can be found on the Department’s Graduation Rates webpage.
Governor Murphy was joined by elected officials for today’s announcement.
“I am so happy to celebrate this momentous day in West Orange, where my sons attended K-8 and where my wife worked for her entire career before retiring this year. In this district and others across the state, every child deserves access to a high-quality education,” said State Senator Richard Codey. “Under Governor Murphy’s leadership, New Jersey is taking a historic, ambitious, and vital step towards ensuring every student has such an opportunity. Building a fairer New Jersey requires us working to better meet the needs of children, families, teachers, and school districts across the state.”
“I applaud Governor Murphy’s initiative to enhance funding for our local public and county vocational school districts,” said Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo. “The additional resources for education are a much-needed investment in our future and will help prepare our students to become our next generation of leaders.”
“Public schools are vital to our democracy and the cornerstone of the middle class,” said Assemblywoman Mila Jasey. “Governor Murphy’s commitment to full-funding, expanded pre-k and enhanced county college opportunities promote access leading to equity. I am proud to partner with him.”
“By far the largest portion of our property tax dollar is expended on public school education,” said Assemblyman John McKeon. “By increasing state contribution with a goal of full funding we will make significant progress with controlling property taxes and assuring quality schools.”