The Common Core State Standards challenge students by setting more rigorous and intensive objectives for learning. Teachers have the important task of teaching to grade-level expectations and encouraging career and college readiness in a way that promotes learning for ALL students. As a statewide collaborative effort inclusive of teachers, administrators and specialists, the New Jersey Department of Education has developed the Instructional Supports and Scaffolding Tool to support academic achievement for our students.
This tool, although in its early phases of development, is intended to provide teachers with a means of targeted and responsive support. Please visit the site regularly as we anticipate significant growth in its development in the near future.
The New Jersey Department of Education would like to extend our appreciation to the teachers and administrators who served in a capacity to offer their expertise, time and efforts to the development of this project.
2015-16 End-of-Unit Assessment Plan for Priority schools
The Regional Achievement Centers are revising the 2015-2016 End-of-Unit Assessments (EUAs) that are aligned to the Model Curriculum. This change will impact districts with Priority schools that use edConnectNJ, New Jersey's instructional improvement system. The revised EUAs will be optimized for full administration via edConnectNJ. It is important to note that the scope and sequence of the curriculum will remain unchanged. However, in response to your feedback, and in our quest to maximize instructional time and facilitate the most meaningful conversations possible about student learning, the EUAs will change in three major ways:
It is important to note the following:
Consistent with past practice, districts will be notified via email as soon as the revised EUAs are available in edConnectNJ. All assessments and supporting materials will continue to be posted on the Regional Achievement Center web portal, located at http://www.state.nj.us/education/modelcurriculum/. These resources will be posted in a specific tab labeled: edConnect Resources.
Please note that the changes described above apply to the 2015-16 school year only. New Jersey is undertaking a comprehensive standards review while simultaneously creating a new curricular framework for 2016-17. More detailed information about this transition, including training opportunities and planning support, will be forthcoming in early 2016.
Should you have any questions or concerns about these changes, please contact Bruce Henecker, Acting Director of Data, Assessment and Planning, at: email@example.com.
Thank you for partnering with us to serve New Jersey's students.