What are standard-aligned resources?
With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards in 2010 for English Language Arts and Mathematics, New Jersey as well as 45 other states and the District of Columbia have embarked on more rigorous standards so that students graduate high school ready for college and career. New Jersey also has standards in place for Health & Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, Visual & Performing Arts, and World Languages (NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards, 2009). All resources on this site are aligned to New Jersey’s state-adopted standards and are intended to support educators implementing these standards in their classrooms.
Why a model curriculum?
The purpose of providing a “model” is to assist districts and schools with implementation of the Common Core State Standards and New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards by providing an example from which to work and/or a product for implementation. Each unit contains targeted student learning objectives (SLOs) that elucidate what students need to know and be able to do within the unit. The six-week formative assessments included in the model curriculum help clarify the level of rigor expected from the standards and provide a set of assessment tools that are often difficult for districts and schools to create on their own.
What is the model curriculum?
The model curriculum (version 1.0) includes all standards of the grade-level content organized into five units of study, each with targeted SLOs, intended for six weeks of instruction each. Each unit contains the content of the grade that can be reasonably taught to proficiency in a six-week time period. The sequence of units in the model curriculum is a purposeful sequence of the target skills for each unit in each grade or course. The included formative assessments allow for measuring student proficiency of those target skills as the year of instruction progresses.