New Jersey's Decision to Keep 85% of Common Core Standards

Governor Christie declared that the current Common Core State Standards (CCSS) "simply are not working" for New Jersey students. In response, New Jersey's Standards Review Committee (SRC) assembled over the last year to review their standards and ultimately proposed to keep 85% of them. So, why so little change -- or is the change as little as it seems? The SRC concentrated on consistency, improving diction, and synthesizing public input to create targeted changes that will result in a profound educational impact on implementation of the standards, instead of choosing to re-write the standards. Their additional goal is to unite educators and parents; they feel the two groups have drifted apart since the implementation of CCSS 5 years ago. The result of this review is a focus on appropriate curriculum, varied use of genres to enhance reader engagement and comprehension through reflection and relevant connections, and clarification in both ELA and Math standards using examples and appropriate word choice to ensure consistency, focus and developmentally appropriate instruction across the grade levels. As a final step, the SRC is proposing a change of name for all the content area standards, including their CCSS, to New Jersey Student Learning Standards. May of 2016 is the anticipated date for adoption of changes, to take effect in the 2017-2018 school year.

For more information on the proposed changes, philosophy and organization of the SRC, please visit this link at the State of New Jersey Department of Education website.

By: Tammy Reid
Correlator and Content Specialist