By David Madden

TRENTON (CBS) – New Jersey education officials have released the results of annual standardized tests and they suggest there’s a lot of work to be done to make sure every student in the Garden State gets an equal opportunity to succeed.

It’s a mixed bag. Language arts scores are down from 2009 but still better than ‘08. Math scores are up a little in the lower grades and down in grades seven and eight. Graduation exam results remain flat, as they have for the last nine years.

Governor Chris Christie wants better, according to spokesman Kevin Roberts.

“The achievement gap that we’ve been talking about,” Roberts said. “Particularly between our more affluent school districts and the urban school districts still remains.”

Which demonstrates, according to Roberts, the need for Christie’s education reforms, particularly to improve the quality of teachers and to give parents more and better choices in where their children go to school.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio

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