Be A Learning Hero is a group that has partnered with national education and parent organizations to help parents navigate the changes happening in classrooms.
They provide resources and information for parents from some of the nation’s most well-respected education and parent organizations including the National PTA, Common Sense Media and Great Schools. This link will take you to a guide for families that includes ways they can help their children be ready for this year’s assessments.
Be A Learning Hero is a project of the New Venture Fund and their mission is to provide the best information and tools to help you help your child succeed in school and in life. Changes in the classroom don’t have to be intimidating and they are here to help inform you about the different ways your child is being taught today. They are ready to answer all of your questions; from second grade homework help to understanding expectations for teachers, from what you should know about your child’s student record, to suggested summer reading lists.
The New Jersey Department of Education's Division of Teaching and Learning has developed new curricular frameworks for English language arts and mathematics for kindergarten through grade twelve. The frameworks are aligned with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for English language arts and mathematics and will replace the model curricula for those subjects. The purpose of the frameworks is to provide educators with a tool to guide conversations around curriculum and instruction that should be taking place in schools/districts around the state. The frameworks focus on the standards and skills in order to provide a logical sequence of instruction with the goal of mastering the standards at each grade level.
The Office of State Assessments (OSA) coordinates the development and implementation of New Jersey's statewide assessment program, which is designed to measure student attainment of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. The OSA works collaboratively, within the department, and with school districts, to collect and report information about student academic achievement in order to inform instruction, increase student learning, and help parents and the public assess the effectiveness of their schools.
In 1996, the New Jersey State Board of Education adopted the state's first set of academic standards called the Core Curriculum Content Standards. The standards described what students should know and be able to do upon completion of a thirteen-year public school education. Over the last twenty years, New Jersey's academic standards have laid the foundation for local district curricula that is used by teachers in their daily lesson plans. Revised every five years, the standards provide local school districts with clear and specific benchmarks for student achievement in nine content areas.
In addition to its policy and regulatory roles in the state's education system, the Department of Education is in charge of a variety of functions that require a transaction with the department. The services include certification of teachers and administrators; application to be an approved provider; purchasing; granting charters to charter schools; offering grant opportunities; and various other services.
The Federal Legislation No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) requires that each state administer annual standards-based assessments to students in grades 3 through 8, and at least once in high school. Federal expectation is that each state will provide tests that are grounded in rigorous state content standards and that assess student achievement in language arts literacy, mathematics and, at three benchmark grade levels, science.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of 22 states plus the U.S. Virgin Islands working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers. These new K-12 assessments will build a pathway to college and career readiness by the end of high school, mark students’ progress toward this goal from 3rd grade up, and provide teachers with timely information to inform instruction and provide student support. The PARCC assessments will be ready for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year.
The No Child Left behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 was signed into law on January 8, 2002 by President Bush. The Act represents the President's education reform plan and contains the most sweeping changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) since it was enacted in 1965. NCLB changes the federal government's role in K-12 education by focusing on school success as measured by student achievement. The Act also contains the President's four basic education reform principles:
» stronger accountability for results, » increased flexibility and local control, » expanded options for parents, and » an emphasis on teaching methods that have been proven to work.
A complete listing of tools that are included in the Classroom Application Documents and/or Unit/Lesson Plan exemplars. Read about the features of current technology tools and learn how to use the tool to support and enhance teaching and learning.