Essay sample - Education and Testing Standards for New Jersey

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Because of the No Child Left Behind Act, it is critical that you understand the standards in your state. You are responsible for knowing what the children in your state are expected to know…


For example states may have adopted NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) standards. The NCTM is a national organization that has developed Math standards.
The state of New Jerseys Department of Education is well aware of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, and provides a number of documents on its website with the changes brought about by the act reflected in them. One of the principles contained in the act is "an emphasis on teaching methods that have been proven to work" (State of New Jersey, Department of Education, 2006). In fact, the department has an extensive website that give information for a number of different users including NJ Educators.
For educators, there are set academic standards, program requirements, assessment standards, professional standards, and so on. As regards the curriculum, the state has formed its own Core Curriculum Content Standards, but in addition provides an administrative code and there are applicable federal laws and regulations for certain programs as well. Additionally, the state engages in various literacy initiatives, provides classroom resources related to the standards, and has a twelfth grade option. Four important standards relating to education and testing in NJ are listed below. The first portion of the Administrative Code listed relates to student assessment, and the second concerns safety and health. Apart from the first document, the rest were published in 2006. The 2009 Core Curriculum Content Standards are provided as final edited versions in Word document files divided into a number of subject areas. Only 5 standards pertaining to 5 different subject areas are made available for download. A searchable website containing these standards has been planned for launch next month.
These contain core curriculum statements. The 5 standards available through the website are for Visual and Performing Arts (Standard 1), Comprehensive Health and Physical ...
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