The NJ Department of Education will expect school districts throughout the state to have aligned and implemented their K – 12 math and language arts curricula to reflect the New Jersey Curricular Framework, aka, New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) by the end of September 2017. So, what’s the difference between the New Jersey Model Curriculum and the New Jersey Curricular Framework?
|Five Units 6 weeks in length||Four Units about 9 weeks in length|
|Student Learning Objectives Drive Each Unit||Standards Drive Each Unit|
|The progression of the complexity of a standard was shown from one grade level to the next through the use of bold type||Skill Focus Based on Critical Knowledge and Skills|
|Standards Repeated and Assessed at the Six Week Interval||Standards and Skills Build Over the Course of the Units|
|Six Week Assessment Cycle with Two Week Remediation||Particular Attention Paid to 75% of the School Year Aligned to Standardized Testing|
|Closed Document||Open Document|
|“Curriculum”||Bridge from Standards to Curriculum|
As you can see from the table, the changes in the NJSLS are not significantly different. I’ve included the language art crosswalks and the math crosswalks for you to review.
The old standards and the revised standards are side by side with the changes in red text. This will make it easy for districts to revise their math and language arts curricula to reflect the new standards.
The purpose for the NJ Curricular Framework provides districts with the autonomy to create their own framework. It sets the stage for conversations to take place around the “frames.” It engages educators in K – 12 vertical articulation, and outlines the way to organize the standards.
What I love most are the grade specific instructional strategies, resources and tutorials for educators to use right at their fingertips. When you visit the DOE NJ Curricular Framework website you can click on videos, templates and a host of support materials for all units K – 12. Educators will find this useful and beneficial when designing their units and lesson plans.
If you have not already begun revising your district’s Math and Language Arts Curriculum, the cycle of continuous improvement is logical, sequential and comprehensive.
Essentially, the cycle starts with:
- Beginning a collaborative dialogue to assess current curriculum based on the curricular framework.
- Evaluating the implementation of the curriculum through instruction.
- Utilizing data points to evaluate “current reality” regarding curriculum through assessment of student learning.
Stay tuned for my next blog on how to work through the cycle with action steps.
Until next time, happy teaching and learning!