John Mooney of NJ Spotlight

A high school diploma is supposed to prepare high school graduates for college. But what exactly does that mean today, and how should those expectations affect policy and practices?

New Jersey Spotlight will host a roundtable discussing these questions and more: How have graduates’ skills and knowledge requirements shifted in recent years? How are schools and the state dealing with this changing landscape and setting expectations looking forward? Could there be a better connection between K-12 education and New Jersey’s wide array of businesses and employers hiring from it, from small family shops to major corporations?

The roundtable will take place Tuesday, June 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Conference Center at Mercer County Community College. For more information on the free event, visit

Michael Cohen, president of Achieve Inc. in Washington, will be interviewed by NJSpotlight’s John Mooney. Cohen will discuss how over the past several decades the country established the standards movement and how states are addressing the resulting policy and political challenges.

A panel discussion will feature:

Linda Eno, assistant commissioner of the state department of education.

Aaron Fichtner, president of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges and former state labor commissioner.

Susan Henderson, president of Jersey City University.

Attendees may submit questions as part of registration.

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