September 9, 2004
I would like to bring to your attention two important documents that are being considered by the State Board of Education.
In an April 2004 resolution, the State Board asked the department to refine the Core Curriculum Content Standards for Social Studies. After a review conducted by Achieve, Inc. and the input of a panel of social studies experts, the department revised the social studies standards to reflect a core of essential knowledge that is now clear, specific, and rigorous. The State Board will continue to review and discuss the social studies standards during the month of September, with adoption planned for the October 6, 2004 meeting. The September 2004 draft social studies standards can be viewed online at www.nj.gov/njded/aps/cccs/ss/standards.htm.
In addition, the department is proposing to readopt with amendments the standards and assessment regulations (N.J.A.C. 6A:8) which establish the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and the statewide assessment system. These regulations were originally adopted in May 2000 and will expire on May 1, 2005.
The department is proposing to move the rules that govern the approval of vocational-technical education programs to N.J.A.C. 6A:19. Other proposed amendments will align the regulations with the most recent versions of the Core Curriculum Content Standards and continue the process of bringing New Jerseys standards-based assessment and accountability systems into compliance with federal requirements of NCLB and IDEA. You can view the proposed regulations at www.nj.gov/njded/code.
Should you have questions about these two important documents, please contact Jay Doolan, director, Office of Academic and Professional Standards at (609) 984-5322.