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 2009 Core Curriculum Standards in Visual and Performing Arts, Comprehensive Health and Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, World Languages, Technology and 21st Century Life and Careers and the 2010 Common Core Standards in English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects and Mathematics.
The following thorough, clear and concise description of the state standards can be found on the State of
These 21st century student outcomes require a deeper understanding of academic content at much higher levels than ever before. The revised standards facilitate this in-depth learning in all content areas through that systematic and transparent integration of 21st century knowledge, skills, and themes; global perspectives; cross content connections; and technology. Consequently, successful implementation of the revised standards requires rethinking of traditional curricular and assessment approaches, as well as the creation of 21st century learning environments in which teachers and students work across and beyond traditional disciplines and boundaries as engaged co-learners, critical and creative thinkers, and problem solvers (NJDOE, 2011.)
The Common Core Standards reflect a more recent adoption by the State of
The following is a thorough, clear and concise description of the process the Common Core State Standards Initiative Consortium undertook in researching, writing, and adopting these standards. Much more detailed information can be found on the web site of the Common Core State Standards Initiative – Preparing America’s Students for College and Career at http://www.corestandards.org/in-the-states.
The present work, led by the Council of
As specified by CCSSA and NGA, the Standards are (1) research and evidence based, (2) aligned with college and work expectations, (3) rigorous, and (4) internationally benchmarked. A particular standard was included in the document only when the best available evidence indicated that its mastery was essential for college and career readiness in a twenty-first century, globally competitive society. The Standards are intended to be a living work: as new and better evidence emerges, the Standards will be revised accordingly (CCSSI, 2011.)
The administrators and teachers of the
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.
For a more thorough description of the process and procedures for writing curriculum in the
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
The current timeline for Curriculum Review and Implementation is in keeping with the State of
SEPTEMBER 2011: Math K – 2, Science
SEPTEMBER 2012: English Language Arts, Math 3 - 5, Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, Comprehensive Health and Physical Education, Technology, 21st Century Life and Careers, and World Languages
SEPTEMBER 2013: Math 6 – 8
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