New Jersey: College and Career Policies

PARCC assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and were created to measure students' ability to apply their knowledge of concepts rather than memorizing facts. In 2014-2015, the PARCC assessments will replace the existing statewide assessments -- the NJASK in grades 3-8 and HSPA in high school. New Jersey has been transitioning the NJ ASK to measure the CCSS over the past three years to provide local districts and schools the time necessary to shift practices and prepare students and educators for PARCC, which will measure the CCSS in the spring of 2015.

New Jersey requires 15 credits of math to graduate.

PARCC assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and were created to measure students' ability to apply their knowledge of concepts rather than memorizing facts. In 2014-2015, the PARCC assessments will replace the existing statewide assessments -- the NJASK in grades 3-8 and HSPA in high school. New Jersey has been transitioning the NJ ASK to measure the CCSS over the past three years to provide local districts and schools the time necessary to shift practices and prepare students and educators for PARCC, which will measure the CCSS in the spring of 2015.

New Jersey requires 15+5 credits of science courses to graduate.

PARCC assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and were created to measure students' ability to apply their knowledge of concepts rather than memorizing facts. In 2014-2015, the PARCC assessments will replace the existing statewide assessments -- the NJASK in grades 3-8 and HSPA in high school. New Jersey has been transitioning the NJ ASK to measure the CCSS over the past three years to provide local districts and schools the time necessary to shift practices and prepare students and educators for PARCC, which will measure the CCSS in the spring of 2015.

New Jersey requires 15 credits of social studies for graduation.

Since 2010, the New Jersey Department of Education has been working to improve educator evaluation and supports. The New Jersey Educator Effectiveness Task Force Report, released in March 2011, outlines several steps for implementing an improved evaluation system. These steps included a two-year pilot that involved more than 15,000 teachers and principals. Building on this work, New Jersey's historic 2012 TEACHNJ Act — unanimously approved by the State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Christie — mandates many requirements for the new statewide educator evaluation system and links tenure decisions to evaluation ratings.

Administrators must also complete a professional development plan

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt standards. Standards must be updated every 5 years as per state mandate.

New Jersey has adopted 7 standards for professional learning: learning communities, leadership, resources, data, learning designs, implementation, and outcomes.

New Jersey has standards in 8 different content areas including math, English language arts, arts, health, science, social studies, world languages, technology, and career technical education.

New Jersey has standards in 8 different content areas including math, English language arts, arts, health, science, social studies, world languages, technology, and career technical education.

In June 2010, the State Board adopted revised CCCS and associated indicators reflecting the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and mathematics.

New Jersey has standards in 8 different content areas including math, English language arts, arts, health, science, social studies, world languages, technology, and career technical education.

In June 2009, the State Board adopted revised CCCS and associated indicators in visual and performing arts

New Jersey has standards in 8 different content areas including math, English language arts, arts, health, science, social studies, world languages, technology, and career technical education.

New Jersey updated their math standards in 2010. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

The State of New Jersey Department of Education’s Office of Certification and Credentials expects that as a candidate for teacher certification, you hold at least a bachelor’s degree earned from a teacher preparation program within a New Jersey college or university or from any regionally accredited college or university. You must also maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 or 2.5, dependent on the particular program. Certain endorsements require additional coursework. Before you enroll in a teacher preparation program, you may be asked to pass the Praxis I Basic Skills Exam in reading, writing and mathematics.

New Jersey updated their science standards in 2009.

New Jersey's three-tiered system, also includes program approval committees and a State Program Approval Council. 6A:9-10.1. All programs applying for approval must be regionally accredited.

In September 2009, the State Board adopted revised CCCS and associated indicators in social studies.

Certificates of eligibility and certificates of eligibility with advanced standing are permanent certifications that do not require renewal. Nonetheless, teachers are still required to complete 20 hours of professional development annually.

The State Board of Education has authority over Career and Technical Education Standards. These standards were adopted in 2014.

These credits must be aligned to grade 9 through 12 standards.

The New Jersey Department of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

New Jersey's State Board of Education oversees the certification process of its state's teachers.

In order to become a certified teacher in New Jersey, an applicant must hold a bachelor's degree, hold a 3.0 GPA, and pass state certification tests.

New Jersey requires 16.25 additional credits to graduate.