ERIC Number: ED500436
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: N/A
Measuring Up 2004: A Report on Social Studies Standards for New Jersey
In fall 2003 New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey and Commissioner of Education William L. Librera asked Achieve to review the new academic standards the state had developed in social studies to learn how New Jersey's new standards compared with those of other states. This summary report outlines the main findings from Achieve's review of the New Jersey social studies standards. The new draft social studies standards are a considerable improvement over New Jersey's previous standards. They are well organized; they are balanced in their treatment of state, national and world history; and they have the potential to provide the foundation for a rigorous core curriculum for all students. That potential, however, may not be realized unless additional steps are taken to focus the standards on the most critical topics and events--a manageable core--and to clarify what about those topics and events is most important for students to learn. Only then will the standards provide sufficient guidance to educators, curriculum designers and others who will rely on the standards to guide their daily work. Achieve encourages New Jersey to take steps to refine the standards.
Descriptors: World History, Core Curriculum, Academic Standards, Social Studies, State Standards, United States History, Educational Quality, Benchmarking, History Instruction
Achieve, Inc. 1775 Eye Street NW Suite 410, Washington, DC 20006. Tel: 202-419-1540; Fax: 202-828-0911; Web site: http://www.achieve.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Achieve, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey