All nine subject areas of New Jersey’s Core Curriculum Content Standards are being revised this year, and seven of the nine are available for review and comment through June 20. The remaining two subjects--Technology and 21st Century Life and Careers-- will be open for comment in the fall.
The standards currently under consideration are:
No changes have been proposed to the English language arts and mathematics standards as the State Board of Education elected to adopt the Common Core State Standards in these subjects in 2010 and reaffirmed that decision by resolution in February.
The N.J. Department of Education (NJDOE) also announced no changes to the visual and performing arts standards, and only minor changes are proposed for health and physical education, social studies and world languages.
But a major change could come in science since the NJDOE has proposed the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to replace the current Core Curriculum Content Standards.
The public has the opportunity to review the draft standards and provide comments by email by June 20.
Interested parties may also register to speak at the public hearings listed below. Each hearing will run from 4 to 7 p.m. Registration for those wishing to testify is open until May 30 and limited to 100 speakers at each site.
| June 4
||NJ Department of Education, Trenton, NJ
100 Riverview Plaza, Trenton, NJ 08625
| June 11
||Gloucester County Institute of Technology, Sewell, NJ
1360 Tanyard Rd, Sewell, NJ 08080
| June 12
|Somerset County Office, Somerville, NJ
27 Warren Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
For more information visit the NJDOE's 2014 Standards Public Review and Comment page.
According to Assistant Commissioner of Education Tracey Severns, the standards have been reviewed and adjusted by expert committees to incorporate new content where appropriate so that the standards continue to address the educational needs of students.
The N.J. State Board of Education is required by law to review and re-adopt the standards every five years.