New Jersey 8th & 12th Graders Best at Writing in US

Eighth and twelfth graders in New Jersey have the highest scores in writing on a nationwide test: 56 percent scoring at or above the proficient level, compared to one-third of eighth graders and one-fourth of twelfth-graders in the U.S. (see In Test, Few Students are Proficient Writers). And the university graduating the most teachers in New Jersey is Kean University. Of course, I can't say with certainty that Kean University is responsible for those writing scores, whether in part or otherwise, but such a correlation brings a certain amount of satisfaction in working in the Composition Program at Kean.