New Jersey Earns a B on State Report Card, Ranks Second in Nation

An Education Week State Highlight Report

| Updated: June 6, 2018
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The 22nd annual edition of Quality Counts continues Education Week’s long-standing tradition of grading the states on their performance. A state’s overall grade is the average of its scores on the three separate indices tracked by the report.

State Overview

This year, New Jersey finishes second among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an overall score of 85.9 out of 100 points and a grade of B. The nation as a whole posts a grade of C.

Diving into the findings for the three graded indices, New Jersey earns a B-plus in the Chance-for-Success category and ranks third. The average state earns a C-plus. In School Finance, New Jersey receives a B-plus and ranks third. For the K-12 Achievement Index, last updated in the 2016 report, it finishes second with a grade of B-minus. The average state earns grades of C and C-minus in School Finance and K-12 Achievement, respectively.

New Jersey’s 2018 Highlights Report includes summarized results based on each of the nearly-40 indicators that make up Quality Counts’ overall grading rubric.

School Finance

The school finance analysis examines two critical aspects of school spending. Of the eight indicators in this category, four assess school spending patterns, while the remaining metrics gauge equity in the distribution of funding across the districts within each state.

Across the spending indicators, New Jersey finishes with an A-minus compared with a national average of D-minus. New Jersey ranks fourth in the nation in this area.

On the equity measures, New Jersey receives a B, which places it 37th in the national rankings. The nation as a whole earns a B.

Vol. 37, Issue 17

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