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Encyclopedia > New Jersey Department of Education

The New Jersey Department of Education administers state and federal aid programs affecting more than 1.4 million public and non-public elementary and secondary school children in the state of New Jersey. Lucille Davy is the Acting Commissioner of Education. Governor of New Jersey Jon Corzine announced he was retaining Davy as acting commissioner until he finds a new commissioner. He said he would consider Davy as a possible commissioner. Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  Ranked 47th  - Total 8,729 sq mi (22,608 km²)  - Width 70 miles (110 km)  - Length 150 miles (240 km)  - % water 14. ... Lucille Davy is the Acting Commissioner of Education in New Jersey. ... The Governor of New Jersey is the chief executive of the U.S. state of New Jersey. ... Jon Stevens Corzine (born January 1, 1947) is the current Democratic Governor of the state of New Jersey. ...


The Department is responsible for ensuring that local schools comply with state and federal laws and regulations. It also oversees pupil transportation services and directs education programs for adults and for persons who are handicapped, disadvantged or foreign-born.


The Department employs over 900 persons and had an appropriation of $59.2 million from the state budget in fiscal 2004-05. The budget provide for $25.5 million for education grants-in-aid and $8.9 billion for state aid to education. It also appropriated to educational institutions an anticipated $821.4 million in federal funds.


Its agencies include the State Board of Education, the School Ethics Commission and the State Board of Examiners.


The Department of Education publishes the New Jersey School Report Card as part of an effort to increase school- and district-level accountability for educational progress by providing relevant data to the public that can be used to monitor and measure the performance of schools. While the format and contents of the reports have changed over time, the New Jersey School Report Card has offered the public information about each and every New Jersey school since 1995 when the Legislature enacted the reporting requirement. The New Jersey School Report Card is an annual report produced each year by the New Jersey Department of Education for all public schools in New Jersey, as required under a 1995 state law. ...


The Department administers assessment tests to public school students to monitor academic progress. The New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) for students in gardes 3-7; the Grade Eight Proficiency Assessment (GEPA) for eighth grade; and the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) in eleventh grade. NJASK or the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge is given to all New Jersey public-schooled students in grades 3-7 aIn The Month of May and administered by the New Jersey Department of Education. ... GEPA or the Grade Eight Proficiency Assessment is given to all New Jersey public-schooled students in March of their eighth grade year. ... The High School Proficiency Assessment (abbreviated HSPA and pronounced hes-pah or sometimes just H-S-P-A) is a standardized test administered by the New Jersey Department of Education to all New Jersey high school students in March of their 11th grade year. ...


See also

Abbott Districts are school districts covered by a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling that found that the education provided to urban school children was inadequate and unconstitutional. ...

Sources

  • Fitzgerald's Legislative Manual State of New Jersey 2005 (Skinder-Strauss Associates; Newark, New Jersey)
  • 2004 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book (Rutgers University Center for Government Studies)

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External link

  • New Jersey Department of Education website

 
 

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