Measuring Up 2004: A Report on Language Arts Literacy and Mathematics Standards and Assessments for New Jersey

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Since Achieve's first report in 2000, New Jersey has revised its Core Curriculum Content Standards in language arts literacy and math. In 2004, at the request of the governor and commissioner of education and with the encouragement and support of New Jersey United, a statewide business and education coalition, Achieve reviewed the state's revised standards and related tests. We compared the revised standards in language arts literacy and math with the earlier version of the standards, as well as with our benchmark standards. We also analyzed how well the state tests in grades 4 and 8 and high school assess the knowledge and skills found in the state's new standards. The evaluation’s major findings: New Jersey’s revised standards are a significant improvement over the standards Achieve evaluated in 2000. The state’s standards mathematics standards are now as challenging as the best domestic and international standards. The standards in language arts literacy in K—4 are clearly articulated, conveying a solid progression of knowledge and skills and providing an excellent model on which to base further improvements at the middle and high school. The state should go on to develop grade level standards (or course standards in the case of high school) in both subject areas, where they don't now exist to provide guidance to teachers at every grade. New Jersey's assessments in language arts literacy have notable strengths, but don't measure the full depth and breadth of the standards. The state's 4th grade mathematics assessment is rigorous and well aligned, but the 8th and 11th grade tests aren't as challenging as they need to be. New Jersey has taken advantage of Achieve’s two comprehensive reviews of its standards and tests in language arts literacy and mathematics to steadily increase the quality and rigor of its standards and tests. (Publishe 2004)
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  A Report on Language Arts Literacyand Mathematics Standardsand Assessments for  NEW JERSEY A CHIEVE ’ S B ENCHMARKING I NITIATIVE Measuring Up2004  Achieve, Inc. Created by the nation’s governors and business leaders, Achieve, Inc., is a bipartisan, non-profit organization that helps states raise academic standards, improve assessments andstrengthen accountability to prepare all young people for postsecondary education, workand citizenship. Achieve has helped nearly half the states benchmark their standards and testsagainst the best examples in this country and abroad and work in partnership to improveteaching and learning. Achieve serves as a significant national voice for quality in standards-based reform and regularly convenes governors, CEOs and other influential leaders atNational Education Summits and other gatherings to sustain support for higher standards andachievement for all of America’s schoolchildren.Achieve helps states raise academic standards, measure performance against those standards,establish clear accountability for results and strengthen public confidence in our educationsystem. To do this, we: I help states benchmark their standards, assessments and accountability systems againstthe best in the country and the world; I provide sustained public leadership and advocacy for the movement to raise stan-dards and improve student performance; I build partnerships that allow states to work together to improve teaching and learning and raise student achievement; and I serve as a national clearinghouse on standards and school reform. Michael Cohen, President Matthew Gandal, Executive Vice President  Jean Slattery, Director of Benchmarking   Copyright © 2004 Achieve, Inc. All rights reservedNot for Reproduction Measuring Up 2004 A Report on Language Arts Literacyand Mathematics Standards andAssessments for  NEW JERSEY A CHIEVE ’ S B ENCHMARKING I NITIATIVE  Measuring Up — New JerseyAchieve, Inc., 2004 3 T ABLE OF C ONTENTS Executive Summary ……………………………………………………………………. 5Achieve’s Work with New Jersey ……………………………………………………...9The Achieve Benchmarking Methodology ……………………………………………11Major FindingsLanguage Arts Literacy Core Curriculum Content Standards ……….……….15Language Arts Literacy Alignment of Assessments to Standards ……………26Mathematics Core Curriculum Content Standards ……………………………33Mathematics Alignment of Assessments to Standards ………………………..48Appendix: Biographies ………………………………………………………………..55
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