Jersey State Board of Education
In 1994, the State Board initiated a strategic planning
process for education reform in the state. After two years of public
input, the State Board and the Commissioner of Education adopted the Strategic
Plan for Systemic Improvement of Education in New Jersey. The plan,
reviewed and updated annually, determines the activities designed to
achieve the states education goals. For example, the State Board
has taken action on the following major initiatives:
Adopted statewide Core Curriculum Content Standards
in May 1996 which define a thorough education and form the basis
for the new statewide school funding system.
Created an equivalency and waiver process to allow
for flexibility among districts by granting relief where code seems
Adopted code for the operation of charter schools
and inter-district school choice.
Adopted code on continuing education for teachers.
Code requires at least 100 hours of state-approved professional development
activities every five years.
Adopted code to implement the comprehensive standards
and assessment program that has formed the basis for education-based
reform in the state.
Evaluated and reviewed the state licensure code.
Adopted graduation requirements to coincide with
Core Curriculum Content Standards.
Adopted code to ensure that the provisions of the
No Child Left Behind Act are implemented in New Jersey.
Assisted the State-operated school districts to
reverse a cycle of failure, help them achieve state school monitoring
standards and return to local control.