The New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards include Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards as well as K-12 standards for: Visual and Performing Arts; Comprehensive Health and Physical Education; Science; Social Studies; World Languages; Technology; and 21st-Century Life and Careers. Standards for Mathematics and Language Arts Literacy are part of the Common Core State Standards initiative coordinated by the Council of Chief States School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governor’s Association (NGA) in partnership with other national organizations.
The State of New Jersey, along with over 40 other States, has adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). These standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and other experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce. The New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards implemented in 1996 were the first attempt to bring consistency and rigor across schools in the state. These New Jersey standards are still in place in all areas except Language Arts and Mathematics. The Language Arts and Mathematics standards for New Jersey are now the Common Core State Standards. All Caldwell-West Caldwell Public Schools Curriculum follow the Common Core and New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.
The major shifts in Mathematics under the Common Core include:
The Common Core State Standards emphasize coherence at each grade level – making connections across content and between content and mathematical practices in order to promote deeper learning.
The standards focus on key topics at each grade level to allow educators and students to go deeper into the content.
The standards also emphasize progressions across grades, with the end of progression calling for fluency – or the ability to perform calculations or solving problems quickly and accurately
The Standards for Mathematical Practice describe mathematical “habits of mind” or mathematical applications and aim to foster reasoning, problem solving, modeling, decision making, and engagement among students.
Finally, the standards require students to demonstrate deep conceptual understanding by applying them to new situations.
The major shifts in Language Arts under the Common Core include:
In Reading, the major advances are the shift away from literature-focused standards to a balance of literature and informational texts to reflect college- and career-ready expectations. There is also a greater focus on text complexity and at what level students should be reading.
In Writing, there is a strong emphasis on argument and informative/ explanatory writing, along with an emphasis on writing about sources or using evidence to inform an argument.
The Common Core also include Speaking and Listening expectations, including a focus on formal and informal talk, which can be done through presentations and group work.
The Language standards put a stress on both general academic and domain-specific vocabulary.
The Common Core also address reading, writing and literacy across the curriculum, and include literacy standards for science, social studies and technical subjects. These standards complement rather than replace content standards in those subjects, and are the responsibility of teachers in those specific disciplines, making literacy a shared responsibility across educators.
Common Core Standard for ELA and Math
Common Core State Standards Initiative www.corestandards.org. This website includes the ELA and Math standards for each grade level.
Click Common Core FAQs to access a frequently asked question page.
Achieve the Core www.achievethecore.org. This website is full of content designed to help educators and parents understand and implement the Common Core State Standards. It includes practical tools designed to help students and teachers see their hard work deliver results.
Council of the Great City Schools www.cgcs.org. This website includes Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core Standards that provides guidance to parents about what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning in grades K-8.
Parent Success Guide http://pta.org/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2909. The National PTA created this resource to help parents understand what student success with the Common Core looks like at each grade level. Each grade-level guide lets parents know how they can assist their student in being successful with the new learning standards.
NJDOE Common Core http://www.state.nj.us/education/sca/. This section of the NJDOE website is designed to give educators, parents and community members the most up -to - date information on the CCSS, model curriculum development and the Partnership for Assessments of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).