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National Center for Education Statistics

Information about individual public and private schools and colleges, and libraries throughout the US. Includes school characteristics, demographics, enrollment by grade in an easily accessible format.

NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards

Explains educational expectations by grade level as per Core Curriculum.

NJ School Report Card

Includes information about students, performance, staff, school environment, and revenues for individual NJ public schools.


In 2014-2015, the PARCC assessments will replace the existing statewide assessments, the NJASK in grades 3-8 and HSPA in high school, aligning with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).Site includes links to information on the tests, tutorials, and practice tests.

Colleges & Universities

College and University Rankings

This site maintained by the University of Illinois provides an annotated guide to the many college ranking lists for both graduate and undergraduate colleges and universities. Includes a “Caution & Controversy” section detailing and questioning the methods, validity, and value of the various lists - or indeed of any list. Also provides lists by subject and discipline.

College Navigator

Good college selection site based using information from the National Center for Education Statistics. Select for state, degree, programs/major, setting, test scores, tuition, and more. Links to preparing for college, financial aid, and career planning.

Index of American Universities

Alphabetical listing of websites of American colleges and universities maintained by the University of Florida.

Peterson's Guide to Colleges and Universities

Broad, comprehensive site covering undergraduate and graduate school, testing, financial aid, and more. While its purpose is to offer fee-based services, there is much worthwhile information here.

U.S. News & World Report: Best Colleges

Lists ranking colleges by different criteria: best schools, best liberal arts, best value, and more. Articles on admissions, paying for college, and other information of interest.

U.S. News & World Report: Best Grad Schools

Lists ranking colleges by discipline. Additional articles and tips for graduate students.

Financial Aid

College Affordability Guide

This site provides information and advice regarding options students have to reduce the cost of their degree. “Affordability Scores” for the colleges are also provided.


Applications and filing.

Federal Student Aid

Includes information on preparing for college, types of aid, eligibility, repayment options, and FAFSA instructions.


Comprehensive site on all aspects of financial aid; scholarships, loans, applying for financial aid, saving for college, calculators, and more.



Official site of the ACT test includes test dates, and the ability to create an online account for registration, printing admission ticket, and submitting scores. Practice tests and tips included.


Information about the SAT and Subject tests, including practice, dates, and sign up. Also information on colleges, majors, and financial aid.

GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)

Official website for the GMAT. Information about the test and registration, free downloadable study software. Many other materials available for a fee.

GRE (Graduate Record Exam)

Test centers, dates, preparation including complete sample tests for GRE and GRE subject exams.


Free SAT prep course including practice exams. Information on applying, paying for, and getting into college.

LSAT (Law School Admission Test)

Registration, test dates and locations, free sample questions with explanations, free sample test.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Registration and information about the Test of English as a Foreign Language exam. Includes tutorials and practice.

Resources for Teachers

Curriculum Resource Center (Facts on File)

Database accessible by library card. Printable handouts for middle-high school. Maps, timelines, science experiments, and more for printable handouts.


A collection of resources in the humanities; literature, history, American history, foreign language, social studies. Primary sources, lesson plans by grade level, and stand-alone activities included.

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)

Database for educational research and information.


Discussion of issues relating to information technology in education.

Learning Network: Teaching and Learning with the New York Times

Lesson plans and activities based on material from the New York Times. Recommended by the Times for ages 13 and up. Some interactivity.

Lesson Plans from NEA

Activities and lesson plans from the National Education Association for Pre-K through Gr. 12. Browsable by month, grade, or subject.

Library of Congress: Teachers

Classroom materials for teachers enabling them to use primary sources from the digital collections of the Library of Congress.

MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching)

Online community and resource sharing for faculty, staff, and students in higher education.


Instructional guides and materials for secondary education on selected topics: Religion in America, African American Literature and History, and the Environment in American History.

Watch Know Learn

Library of educational and instructional videos in wiki format. Appropriate for primary and secondary school, searchable by subject, age range and common core.

MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses)


A for-profit organization. All courses are free to audit, but a mixture of free and fee-based courses. A range of requirements, student assignments, credits, certificates, and fees depending on the course. Some courses can be quite expensive.


Free online courses. A nonprofit effort originally started and administered by MIT and Harvard, but joined by other universities. Not for credit, no certificate.

Khan Academy

Free library of online instructional videos, including practice videos for SAT .Non-profit, and underwritten in part by Bill and Melinda Gates.Skills for secondary education.

MIT OpenCourseWare

Free and open access to online materials for MIT courses for self-learners. Non- degree, non-certificate granting. Lecture notes, exams, and videos.


Free online college courses in computer sciences and related subjects. Certificate of completion given for each course.


TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) Conference

Videos of talks given by prominent guest speakers. Each speaker has a maximum limit of eighteen minutes to present their idea. Topics cover a wide range of subjects in science and culture. Mission statement-“Ideas worth spreading.”


Last updated March 13, 2017