• By September 2011 – Science K-12 – Math K-2• By September 2012 – Social Studies – Common Core Language Arts – Fine and Performing – 21st Century Life/Careers – Technology – PE/Health – World Languages – Common Core Math 3-5• By September 2013 – Common Core Math 6-8
These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs.General Information• 44 States have adopted the CCS• NJ adopted the CCS in June 2010• Beginning in 2012 NJ Assessments will align with CCS• CCS focus on “the big picture” The Standards;• Are aligned with college and work expectations;• Are clear, understandable and consistent;• Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;• Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;• Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and• Are evidence-based.
• In kindergarten, the standards focus on the number core: learning how numbers correspond to quantities, and learning how to put numbers together and take them apart (the beginnings of addition and subtraction).• The K-5 standards provide detailed guidance to teachers on how to navigate their way through topics such as fractions, negative numbers, and geometry, and do so by maintaining a continuous progression from grade to grade.• The standards stress not only procedural skill but also conceptual understanding, to make sure students are learning and absorbing the critical information they need to succeed at higher levels.• Having built a strong foundation K-5, middle school students can do hands on learning in geometry, algebra and probability and statistics. Students who have completed 7th grade and mastered the content and skills through the 7th grade will be well-prepared for algebra in grade 8.• The middle school standards provide a coherent and rich preparation for high school mathematics. http://www.corestandards.org/about-the-standards/key-points-in-mathematics
• The standards require the progressive development of reading comprehension so that students advancing through the grades are able to gain more from whatever they read.• The standards mandate certain critical types of content for all students, including classic myths and stories from around the world, foundational U.S. documents, seminal works of American literature, and the writings of Shakespeare• The ability to write logical arguments with sound reasoning, and relevant evidence is a cornerstone of the writing standards, including opinion writing.• Research is emphasized throughout the standards but most prominently in the writing strand since a written analysis and presentation of findings is so often critical.• The standards require that students gain, evaluate, and present increasingly complex information, ideas, and evidence through listening and speaking as well as through media.• Vocabulary and “grammar” are treated in their own strand because their use extends across reading, writing, speaking, and listening. http://www.corestandards.org/about-the-standards/key-points-in-english-language-arts
The NJCCCS website has been updated and provides not only the standardsbut also resources, learning matrices, professional developmentopportunities and classroom application documents.NJCCCS provide standards for: • Social Studies • Science • Fine and Performing • 21st Century Life/Careers • Technology • Comprehensive Health and Physical Education • World Languages www.state.nj.us/education/cccs