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Q. The State Board adopted the revised Core Curriculum Content Standards (CCCS) in July 2002. When will they be reviewed for update?

A. The CCCS are to be reviewed every five years from their implementation. The next review will begin in May 2009. The revised language arts literacy, mathematics and science standards were adopted on July 2, 2002; however, they will be combined with the other 6 content areas dated April 2004.

Q. Can I find all of the things my students must know and be able to do in the science standards?

A. No, the science standards are not intended to include all of science, but rather are an attempt to define what students should understand and be able to apply as they grow towards scientific literacy. While these standards do not suggest a specific curriculum design or sequence of courses, they assume that the relationship of the various disciplines of science to each other, and of science to the overall learning experience, will be strongly emphasized.

Q. What are the current high school graduation requirements for science?

A. According to N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.1, local high school graduation requirements including one or both of the following two options: (1) students may fulfill the state minimum 15 credits in science through a seat-time instructional program that went into effect with the 2000-2001 grade nine class; (2) district boards of education may determine and establish curricular activities or programs aimed at achieving the Core Curriculum Content Standards for promotion and graduation purposes, or curricular activities and programs may be organized around an interdisciplinary model based on themes involving the Core Curriculum Content Standards. Guidelines for Option Two will be released later this year. For additional information, contact Beth Ebler at (609) 984-7453.