NJ's Instructional Improvement System
Phase I Funding
Who is eligible for edConnect NJ?
In Phase 1, beginning in the fall of 2014, 36 districts will be fully funded by the New Jersey Department of Education through the state Race to the Top 3 grant. To see if your district is one of the 36 to receive this product at no cost, click here.* Phase 1 districts will also include districts who dedicated their own Race to the Top 3 funding to the edConnect NJ or are awardees of the edConnect NJ/IIS notice of grant opportunity (NGO).
Phase 1 districts that are part of the no-cost list will be fully funded by the Race to the Top 3 grant through the 2015-16 school year. This system is completely FREE to each of the 36 no-cost districts for two years beginning in the fall of 2014-15 school year. When the grant period ends, districts will pay the subscription fee per student if districts decide to continue using edConnect NJ. At that time, the cost of the system will be approximately $3.83 per student per year. The NJDOE, through the Race to the Top 3 grant, has heavily subsidized this project by supporting the initial development and maintenance fee. Therefore, if a district tried to procure an integrated system similar to this, the district on average would be paying approximately three times as much per student per year.
What if my district is not one of the 36 that will be fully funded?
Districts that are not part of the initial launch in fall 2014 will be able to purchase this system on a subscription basis for their district or specific schools.
A notice of grant opportunity (NGO) will be offered to help subsidize the cost of this system. Please visit the "Notice of Grant Opportunity" to see how you can receive funding to implement the IIS.
If there are further questions about paying for the IIS as a district or how to receive funding to help subsidize the costs of the IIS for your district please email edConnectNJ@doe.state.nj.us with "funding" in the subject line.
*The 36 districts were chosen because they have at least one priority school, two or more focus schools, or a combination of both priority and focus schools. We believe this system can have the largest impact in these districts.