School Choice Score: 0%
Charter Schools Score: 72%
New Jersey has a weak charter school law which denies charters autonomy.
New Jersey only allows one entity to authorize charter schools, the state board of education. Recently there has been a regulatory push to replicate some of New Jersey’s existing charter schools instead of pushing more alternative innovative models. While there is nothing wrong with supporting the existing model for charter schools, by limiting charter school innovation students get harmed.
Online Learning Score: 62%
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.
Teacher Quality Score: 78%
Student achievement is a significant criterion in teacher evaluations. Tested achievement must count between 35-50% and non-tested achievement must count from between 15-50% as determined by the commissioner. Teachers can be removed for ineffectiveness in the classroom. In order to receive tenure teachers, need to be evaluated as effective or highly effective in 2 of 3 evaluations. Effective teachers cannot earn performance pay.