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New Jersey forms College and Career Task Force

MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2011 05:45 AM

On June 23, 2010, New Jersey adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which was the Garden State's first step towards ensuring that students are prepared for their futures, NJ Today reported.

By embracing the CCSS, New Jersey is making sure its residents graduate from high school and are prepared for college and their careers, according to the news source. The initiative's website states that the knowledge and skills the Standards teach are aligned with higher education and work expectations.

New Jersey's latest step towards helping its students achieve their goals is the recent formation of the Department of Education's (DOE) College and Career Readiness Task Force, the news outlet reported. This group is comprised of K-12 and higher education practitioners, as well as representatives from the state's business community. These professionals are expected to submit their recommendations for the essential skills youths require in order to be college and career ready to the DOE by December 31.

"Our number one priority is to ensure that students across the state of New Jersey are not only graduating from high school, but that when they do, they are truly ready for college and a career," Christopher D. Cerf, acting commissioner of education, told the news source.