New Jersey



State Governance

State Board of Education

The New Jersey state board of education consists of thirteen members each serving a six-year term. Board members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate.

The state board has authority over:

  • Content Standards Adoption
  • Teacher Licensure
  • Authorizes Charter Schools

Governor

Christopher Christie (R)

Chief State School Officer

Kimberley Harrington

Appointed by the governor

State Context

State Demographics

Public Education Enrollment by Special Populations:

Free and Reduced Price Lunch: 38.0%

English Language Learners: 4.5%

Served by IDEA: 15.1%

 

2015 NAEP State Data

Reading scores for Grade 4 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Reading scores for Grade 4 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Science scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Graduation Rates

Adjusted cohort graduation rates between 2011 and 2015:

 

Charter Schools

Year Charter School Law was Enacted: 1995

Number of Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 87

Number of Students Served by Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 37,295

Charter School Cap Law: None.

ESSA Plan & Implementation

New Jersey has submitted its ESSA consolidated application to the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about New Jersey’s ESSA approach.