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New Jersey Education

A Profile on New Jersey Education and Schools

By

New Jersey Education

New Jersey Department of Education

New Jersey Commissioner of Education:

Christopher Cerf

District/School Information

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****

White: 53.0%

Black: 17.1%

Hispanic: 20.6%

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. ***

Private Schools

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.*

Teacher Pay

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

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