School Choice Score: 0%
The state permits parents some public school choices within their districts and between districts, but only in selected districts.
Charter Schools Score: 72%
There has also been a battle the last few years over the legality of online and blended charter school models, preventing online charters from opening. Growth has been slow for some time, and there has been a shift away from opening independent, innovative schools to only focusing on replicating existing schools as a “safer” bet for the state.
Online Learning Score: 0%
New Jersey continues to work to support districts as they incorporate technology and digital learning into their curricula. Although no full-time virtual programs operate in New Jersey, several digital programs provide supplemental digital course options to districts and schools across the state.
- Source: Digital Learning Now!
Teacher Quality Score: 82%
Teachers and principals hired after 2012 are eligible for tenure after four years. Ineffective classroom performance can be grounds for dismissal in New Jersey, however seniority still applies when making layoff decisions. Except for a minimum state salary, New Jersey school districts can develop policies to increase pay for teachers based on other measures besides years served through negotiations with local collective bargaining units.