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The federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires that states seek approval from the US Department of  Education for their standards and assessment systems.  This process is called Peer Review. The federal Peer Review process examines each state’s standards and assessments in two basic areas: 1) general assessments in reading, mathematics, and science; 2) alternate assessments aligned to alternate achievement standards in reading, mathematics and science for students with severe cognitive disabilities.  For each category,  New Jersey’s current approval status is as follows:

General Assessments (reading, mathematics, science): In Process

Alternate Assessments (reading, mathematics, science): In Process

Status Updated: December 8, 2009

See the link below for detailed information on the federal peer review process and the criteria used to evaluate state standards and assessment systems.