Be A Learning Hero
Be A Learning Hero

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.

Common Core State Standards
Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.  Building on the excellent foundation of standards states have laid, the Common Core State Standards are the first step in providing our young people with a high-quality education. It should be clear to every student, parent, and teacher what the standards of success are in every school.  A fact sheet about the Common Core State Standards is available under the presentation section. 

Developed by the Foundation for Excellence Education, this Youtube video features teachers explaining facts about the Common Core.

NJDOE Model Curriculum
NJDOE Model Curriculum

Each unit contains targeted student learning objectives (SLOs) that elucidate what students need to know and be able to do within the unit.  The six-week formative assessments included in the model curriculum help clarify the level of rigor expected from the standards and provide a great set of assessment tools that are often difficult for districts and schools to create on their own.  The model curriculum includes all standards of the grade-level content organized into five units of study, each with targeted SLOs, intended for six weeks of instruction each.  Each unit contains the content of the grade that can be reasonably taught to proficiency in a six-week time period.  The sequence of units in the model curriculum is a purposeful sequence of the target skills for each unit in each grade or course.  The included formative assessments allow for measuring student proficiency of those target skills as the year of instruction progresses.

New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards
New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards

The New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards were first adopted by the State Board of Education in 1996. The standards describe what students should know and be able to do upon completion of a thirteen-year public education and provide local school districts with clear and specific benchmarks for student achievement in nine content areas.



New Jersey State Assessments
New Jersey State Assessments

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.




New Jersey Department of Education
New Jersey Department of Education

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.



New Jersey Statewide Assessment Schedule
Statewide Assessment Schedule

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.





Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers

 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.

No Child Left Behind and Title I
NCLB and Title I

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.


New Jersey Dept. of Education Technology Toolbox
New Jersey Department of Education Technology Toolbox

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.





PARCC Model Curriculum
PARCC Model Content Framework

The PARCC Model Content Frameworks were developed through a state-led process that included mathematics and ELA/literacy content experts in PARCC member states and members of the Common Core State Standards writing team. Although the primary purpose of the Model Content Frameworks is to provide a frame for the PARCC assessments, they also are voluntary resources to help educators and those developing curricula and instructional materials. Users are advised to have a copy of the Common Core State Standards available for use in conjunction with the Model Content Frameworks.