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Thank you for visiting the Chester School District Curriculum Page. All of our administrators and teachers have been very busy over the last few months updating our many district curricula according to the new State of New Jersey’s New Jersey Standards in Student Learning in Visual and Performing Arts, Comprehensive Health and Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, World Languages, Technology and 21st Century Life and Careers, English Language Arts and Mathematics.
The following is a thorough, clear and concise description of the standards from the Department of Education's web page.
In 1996, the New Jersey 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. Developed and reviewed by panels of teachers, administrators, parents, students and representatives from higher education, business, and the community, the standards are influenced by national standards, research based practice, and student needs. The standards define a "Thorough and Efficient Education" as guaranteed in 1875 by the New Jersey Constitution. Currently the standards are designed to prepare our students for college and careers by emphasizing high-level skills needed for tomorrow's world.
The most recent review and revision of the standards occurred in 2014. However, the standards in language arts and mathematics underwent an additional review in 2015 with adoption by the New Jersey State Board of Education in May 2016.
The administrators and teachers of the Chester School District are committed to writing, researching, and producing curricula in all subject areas that are aligned with both the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. Curriculum is designed to be a living document – added to, edited, and enhanced at any time. Standing committees of teachers and administrators meet on a routine basis to monitor the effectiveness of our curricula. The process used by the educators of the Chester School District is rigorous and reflective in examining all facets of the foundational documents, upon which our curricula is based, to ensure for this alignment. New curriculum documents are written around any disconnect found between the two.
In all curriculum writing, particular emphasis is given to employing the most current, research based instructional and assessment strategies available at the time. These strategies are continually updated and refined as new knowledge and pedagogy becomes widely accepted and proven successful in the field of education.
The Process of Curriculum Renewal and Evaluation is a five step process that encompasses best practices in educational research, state or federal directives and standards, a review of current and available materials, and consideration of a fiscally responsible allocation of district resources.
Year 1: Program Review, Research, and Assessment
Year 2: Curriculum Revisions and Writing
Year 3: Full Implementation of Curricula
Year 4: Monitor
Year 5: Evaluation
Please check our Department of Curriculum and Instruction Page on a periodic basis. Information will be updated routinely and new curriculum documents will be added as written and approved. For any questions, please contact Dr. Christina Van Woert, Superintendent of Schools/Director of Curriculum at (908) 879-7373 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your continued interest in the Chester School District.