New Jersey Education
New Jersey Commissioner of Education:Christopher Cerf
Length of School Year: A minimum of 180 school days are required by New Jersey state law.
Number of Public School Districts: There are 603 public school districts in New Jersey.
Number of Public Schools: There are 2620 public schools in New Jersey. ****
Number of Students Served in Public Schools: There are 1,396,029 public school students in New Jersey. ****
Number of Teachers in Public Schools: There are 115,248 public school teachers in New Jersey.****
Number of Charter Schools: There are 81 charter schools in New Jersey.
Per Pupil Spending: New Jersey spends $17,064 per pupil in public education. ****
Average Class Size: The average class size In New Jersey is 12.1 students per 1 teacher. ****
% of Title I Schools: 54.9% of schools in New Jersey are Title I Schools.****
% With Individualized Education Programs (IEP): 16.4% of students in New Jersey are on IEP's. ****
% in Limited-English Proficiency Programs: 4.0% of students in New Jersey are in limited-English Proficient Programs.****
% of Student Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunches: 32.1% of students in New Jersey schools are eligible for free/reduced lunches.****
Ethnic/Racial Student Breakdown****
Asian/Pacific Islander: 8.6%
American Indian/Alaskan Native: 0.2%
School Assessment Data
Graduation Rate: 87.2% of all students entering high school in New Jersey graduate. **
ACT/SAT rank: 191.4 students per 1000 in New Jersey had a score of 25+ on the ACT or a 1780+ on the SAT. ***
8th grade NAEP assessment scores:****
Math: 294 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in New Jersey. The U.S. average was 283.
Reading: 275 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in New Jersey. The U.S. average was 264.
% of Students Who Attend College after High School: 71.1% of students in New Jersey go on to attend some level of college. ***
Number of Private Schools: There are 1297 private schools in New Jersey.*
Number of Students Served in Private Schools: There are 240,555 private school students in New Jersey.*
The average teacher pay for the state of New Jersey was $61,830.00 in 2009.##
Each individual district in the state of New Jersey negotiates teacher salaries and establishes their own teacher salary schedule.
The following is an example of a teacher salary schedule in New Jersey provided by the Trenton Education Association.
*Data courtesy of Education Bug .
**Data courtesy of ED.gov
***Data courtesy of the NCHEMS Information Center for Higher Education Policy Making and Analysis
****Data courtesy of the National Center for Education Statistics
##Average salary courtesy of Teacher Salary Info