He says he's tired of seeing schools handing out what he calls "fake diplomas."
Christie's comments came after he and acting Education Commissioner Chris Cerf visited a Cherry Hill elementary school Tuesday to speak with first-graders.
On Monday, the governor sat down with school superintendents for an education round-table to discuss ways to update how schools measure success and to graduate more college-ready freshmen.
The administration is asking for a waiver to the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which requires states to set standards and goals to improve individual outcomes for children. Christie says it is flawed.