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Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:
  • Test Scores: Edfacts (U.S. Department of Education), State departments of education.
  • Expenditures: National Center for Education Statistics.
  • Educational Environment: American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau).
Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Test data: Reflects 2015 – 2016 school year.
  • Expenditures: 2015
  • Educational Environment: 2015 (latest available). Updated annually.

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Overview

Public Schools Overview New Jersey School Districts by City
Number Of Students 1,399,833
Number Of New Jersey Schools 2,586
Number Of New Jersey School Districts 679
Spending Per Student $20,083

State Test Scores (No Child Left Behind Tests)

Reading/English Language Arts Tests

Reading/English Language Arts Tests Reading Proficiency
3rd Grade 43.5795242725873
4th Grade 50.5748244371791
5th Grade 50.3436943613147
6th Grade 47.3933805407931
7th Grade 50.181820974817
8th Grade 50.2370942045525
9th Grade 37.1682910967995
10th Grade 33.6098882877331
11th Grade 38.1201429025207

Math Test

Math Tests Math Proficiency
3rd Grade 45.1054300376226
4th Grade 40.2148008199731
5th Grade 40.1331466043589
6th Grade 39.5831742393272
7th Grade 35.8374624926684
8th Grade 21.9450255688169
10th Grade 42.167037712872
11th Grade 21.8635894546564

School enrollment by group

Ethnic/racial Groups This State Nation
White (non-hispanic) 47.9% 52.0%
Black 16.4% 16.2%
Hispanic 26.1% 25.6%
Asian Or Pacific Islander 9.5% 5.1%
American Indian Or Native Of Alaska 0.1% 1.0%
Special Needs Groups This State Nation
Economically Disadvantaged 35.7% 50.9%
English Language Learners 4.8% 9.1%
Students With Disabilities 15.9% 13.0%

Class Size (number of students per classroom teacher)

Class Size
AVG FOR STATE 12.17
AVG FOR NATION 16.15

New Jersey Education Environment

Population State Nation
Population 8,958,013 321,418,820
Population Density (per sq. mile) 1,214 90
Population distribution by age STATE NATION
4 Years Old And Below 6.0% 6.3%
5-19 Years Old 19.3% 19.8%
20-44 Years Old 32.5% 33.5%
45-64 Years Old 27.9% 26.3%
65 Or Older 14.4% 14.1%
HOUSEHOLD CHARACTERISTICS STATE NATION
Number Of Households 3,189,486 115,879,889
Single Parent Households With Children 10.4% 11.2%
Adults With At Least A High School Diploma 88.6% 86.6%
Adults With At Least A Bachelor's Degree 36.8% 29.7%
HOUSEHOLD INCOME DISTRIBUTION STATE NATION
$150,000 or more 18.7% 10.5%
$100,000 - $149,000 17.2% 13.2%
$75,000 - $99,999 12.5% 12.1%
$50,000 - $74,999 15.8% 17.8%
$30,000 - $49,999 14.5% 18.5%
$15,000 - $29,999 12.0% 15.5%
$15,000 or less 9.3% 12.4%

Education Expenditures

For The State Per Student Total % Of Total
Instructional Expenditures $10,077 $14,106,790,054 50.2%
Support Expenditures
Student $1,835 $2,568,964,694 9.1%
Staff $551 $771,687,884 2.7%
General Administration $390 $545,394,661 1.9%
School Administration $883 $1,235,650,841 4.4%
Operation $1,874 $2,623,408,040 9.3%
Transportation $711 $995,607,882 3.5%
Other $440 $615,718,470 2.2%
Total Support $6,684 $9,356,361,788 33.3%
Non-instructional Expenditures $3,321 $4,649,519,921 16.5%
Total Expenditures $20,083 $28,112,743,157 100.0%
For The Nation Per Student Total % Of Total
Instructional Expenditures $6,487 $324,898,990,964 51.7%
Support Expenditures
Student $587 $29,383,130,681 4.7%
Staff $483 $24,167,878,083 3.8%
General Administration $205 $10,285,419,511 1.6%
School Administration $601 $30,113,641,000 4.8%
Operation $1,035 $51,821,442,969 8.2%
Transportation $475 $23,793,258,876 3.8%
Other $376 $18,849,723,887 3.0%
Total Support $3,762 $188,414,761,533 30.0%
Non-instructional Expenditures $2,296 $114,973,102,384 18.3%
Total Expenditures $12,545 $628,286,465,973 100.0%