From The Blog
by Janellen Duffy
While the newest data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) show that on average New Jersey students remain among the top performers in the country and that there were some notable gains in certain areas, we should not be ready to celebrate just yet.
Great Schools Change Everything
All of our children deserve great schools, no matter their background. JerseyCAN is a nonprofit education research and policy organization that convenes education leaders across the state and arms them with the information they need to enact policies that will give every New Jersey child access to a great school. Because great schools change everything.
Over the course of my career working on education matters and positive youth development in New Jersey, I have often seen the need for an organization that can provide independent, objective research to inform policy debates as well as parents. Through its very credible, effective and longstanding New Jersey education leader, Janellen Duffy, JerseyCAN will meet this need and help to ensure that facts and data are driving critical decisions about education.Carlos Lejnieks, Chairman, New Jersey Charter Schools AssociationMar 11 2013
New Jersey suffers from one of the largest achievement gaps in the country. To address this most urgent issue, we need multiple partners pushing strongly for evidence-based reform that will yield the best results for students. JerseyCAN is a new and critical partner in this work. The organization will help promote best practices from across the state and country and elevate the vision for what’s possible in New Jersey education.Kathleen Nugent, New Jersey State Director of Democrats for Education ReformMar 11 2013