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For Release: February 5, 2003
DOE FACT SHEET
Proposed Amendments to Rules for Standards
February 5, 2003
The Department of Education is proposing to amend NJAC 6A:8, Standards
and Assessment, which contains the Core Curriculum Content Standards and
the statewide assessment system. The amendments are designed to create
greater flexibility for high school students to select courses. The amendments
also would establish paths to a high school diploma that place a priority
on demonstrating proficiencies in required content areas. The proposed
revisions in the high school graduation requirements have evolved from
the New Jersey Department of Educations Standards and Graduation
Requirements Forum, held in November 2002, and from extensive public testimony.
Other amendments to this chapter will ensure that New Jersey conforms
to changes in the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
and the No Child Left Behind Act.
The proposed amendments would:
- Reduce the number of required high school credits in specific courses
from 100 to 95 while maintaining the current state minimum credit requirement
at 110 total credits.
- Create options, for five of those 95 credits, for students to take
courses in technological literacy (including computer applications and
technology education), career education and life skills (including career/technical
arts) or vocational-technical education.
- Allow school districts to select among several possible models of
activities or programs linked to the Core Curriculum Content Standards
and including appropriate assessments to determine whether students
are meeting or exceeding the standards.
- Empower local school districts to use performance or competency assessments
to determine whether students have successfully completed programs or
activities to fulfill graduation requirements.
- Conform to various provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act as they
relate to rigorous content standards, assessments aligned to the standards,
and accountability systems around the standards that include all students.
- Replace the current district and school target of 75 percent proficiency
for the Elementary School Proficiency Assessment and the Grade Eight
Proficiency Assessment and the 85 percent proficiency target for the
High School Proficiency Assessment with an annually increasing proficiency
- Conform to amendments of the Individuals with Disabilities Education
Act that require all children with disabilities to be included in statewide
assessment programs, with appropriate accommodations where necessary.
States must develop alternate assessment for children who cannot participate
in general state assessments.
Code development is a public process in which input is solicited from
educators and interested citizens on items under consideration by the
board. The new chapter is scheduled for second discussion and public testimony
scheduled in March. The amended code will be introduced at proposal level
in May, after which additional public comment will be solicited. The amendments
are scheduled to be considered at adoption level in October 2003.
More details, including actual code language, appears in the State Board
of Education agenda for February 5, 2003.