Published Online: January 3, 2006

New Jersey's State Highlights

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Vital Statistics
Public schools 2,428
Public school teachers 109,077
Pre-K-12 students 1,380,753
Annual pre-K-12 expenditures $17.2 billion
Minority students 42.1%
Children in poverty 12%
Students with disabilities 16%
English-language learners 4.2%

Summary of Grades

New Jersey scores above average in three of the four graded policy categories inQuality Counts and just below average in one.

The state does well in standards and accountability. In part, it owes this strong showing to its academic standards, which have been rated clear and specific in nearly all core subjects and grade spans by the American Federation of Teachers. The exception is elementary social studies. The state does not fare as well on indicators of school accountability; it lacks policies to assist and sanction all low-performing schools.

In teacher quality, New Jersey also performs above average. It earns full credit for its efforts related to the professional support and training of teachers. The state is one of only 15 to require and finance mentoring for new teachers. It also has an extensive set of measures to hold schools and teacher education programs accountable for teacher quality.

In school climate, the state again earns an above-average grade. It fares particularly well on indicators related to class size and school facilities. School report cards include information on class size or pupil-teacher ratios. New Jersey also has a class-size-reduction program.

Resource equity is the only category in which New Jersey falls below average. For example, the state’s score on the coefficient-of-variation measure indicates a moderate degree of disparity in per-pupil funding levels across districts in the state.

State Policy Report Card
New JerseyAvg. State Score
Standards and accountability B+ B-
Efforts to improve teacher quality B C+
School climate B- C+
Resource equity C- C
Overall Grade B- C+
Quality Counts Grading Breakdown
Standards and accountability Points awardedPoints possible
Standards 37.92 40
Assessment 25 30
School accountability 24 30
87 100
Efforts to improve teacher quality Points awardedPoints possible
Teacher education and qualifications 29.75 35
Teacher assessment 21.3 30
Professional support and training 19.55 20
Accountability for teacher quality 15 15
86 100
School climate Points awardedPoints possible
Engagement 10.83 15
School safety 18.25 20
Parent involvement 10.5 15
Choice and autonomy 16 20
Class size 9.92 10
School size 6 10
School facilities 10 10
82 100
Resource equity Points awardedPoints possible
Wealth-neutrality score 29.33 33.3
McLoone Index 20.67 33.3
Coefficient of variation 21.67 33.3
72 100
Note: Details may not sum to totals due to rounding.

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