First Look at New School Standards Without Battles of Years Gone By

Commissioner Repollet and staff preview slightly revised requirements for six subject areas for state Board of Education

Mooney, NJ Spotlight

In a process that started in earnest in 1996 at the height of the standards and testing movement, the state every few years reviews and revises the requirements for what every New Jersey student should know and be able to do.

While the standards from cycle to cycle haven’t changed all that much, they do remain closely examined benchmarks that assist districts to set curriculums and purchase textbooks and other instructional materials.

What’s more, when it comes to language arts and math (and science, to a lesser degree), the standards help set the goals for statewide testing — often creating a stir. See the tumult over the Common Core standards a few years back.

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Elaine Bobrove, a newer board member, added “I know you are giving time for teachers to learn to this, but is it enough?” Bobrove teaches both at high school and at higher-education levels.

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