Introduction

The state's grade is based on six factors: state academic standards, charter schools, homeschool regulation burden, private school choice, teacher quality, and digital learning. Because the Education and Workforce Task Force at ALEC focuses the most on private school choice and charter schools, those factors were given double weight in the calculation over overall rank and grade. The weighted grades were converted into a GPA average and an individual rank.


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New Jersey is a Budget Buster

States that made large increases in spending and actually went backwards in academic performance assessments were awarded a “Budget Buster” award.

Report Card Ranking

Current

Overall Grade   C+ (2.33)
Overall Ranking   14th
State Academic Standards   A
Charter Schools   C
Homeschool Regulation Burden   A
Private School Choice Programs   --
Teacher Quality & Policies   C
Digital Learning:   B-

Historical Data

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
ALEC Overall Grade   C B- C C+ C C C+
ALEC Overall Rank   -- -- -- -- -- -- 14th
State Academic Standards   C B A- B- B- B- A
Charter Schools   C C C C C C C
Homeschool Regulation Burden   A A A A A A A
Private School Choice   -- -- F F F F --
Teacher Quality & Policies   -- D+ D+ B- B- B- C
Digital Learning   -- -- D F D- D- B-

NAEP Data

Current

Performance Rank   2nd
Math (4th Grade)   245
Math (8th Grade)   293
Reading (4th Grade)   229
Reading (8th Grade)   271

Historical Data

2009 2011 2013 2015
Performance Rank   10th 3rd 2nd 2nd
Math (4th Grade)   247 248 247 245
Math (8th Grade)   293 294 296 293
Reading (4th Grade)   229 231 229 229
Reading (8th Grade)   273 275 276 271

Education Spending

Current

Per-pupil Spending $16,933
% From Federal Funding 4%
% From State Funding 40%
% From Local Funding 56%

Historical Data

2013 2015
Per-pupil Spending $17,572 $16,933
% From Federal Spending --% 4.2%
% From State Spending --% 40.3%
% From Local Spending --% 40.3%

Demographics & Achievement

Graduation Rate 89%
Average Class Size 12.1
2015
State Population 0
Per Capita Income $--
School-aged Children 0
Graduation Rate 89%
Average Class Size 12.1

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