(TRENTON) – Assemblywoman Celeste Riley (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland) released the following statement Thursday after the committee heard testimony on the readiness of students to enroll in institutions of higher education and assessing the programs designed to prepare those students for success in college:
“I’m pleased after today’s hearing that everyone seems to be on the same page in realizing college readiness in New Jersey is a problem that must be addressed.
“Our colleges should not be forced to teach students subject matter that should have been learned in high school, or even have to reinforce those subjects at the college level. Colleges should open new doors and worlds of learning to our students.
“Time spent reinforcing what students should have already learned is time lost on new advancements.
“I’m hopeful New Jersey is headed in the right direction, and look forward to working with the administration and college officials as we move forward, perhaps with legislative remedies or cooperative curriculum changes. We have a lot more work to do if we’re to ensure our students will enter today’s job market fully ready to go.”