You've been hearing it on the news. The Common Core and new PARCC test. The state and much of the country are experiencing changes in curriculum standards and in 2010 the State adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts and Mathematics, said Andrea L. Selvaggi, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, in a letter to parents sent out last week.
Staff from each elementary school worked together to update the elementary report cards to show parents the standards students are responsible for learning in each grade and what they they will be assessed through the NJ ASK and PARCC.
"These standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and college professors, to provide consistency for our children as they prepare for college and the workforce," said Selvaggi. "Students’ competency with the CCSS is measured by the NJ ASK and, beginning in 2014, the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessments."
The district hopes that this new report card format will give parents more detailed information about their child’s strengths and challenges in each content area, said Selvaggi.
"Here in the Montville Township Public Schools, we are committed to providing the children in our schools a robust and rigorous curriculum that is aligned to the CCSS; therefore, the teachers have spent many hours revising the Grades K-5 English Language Arts and Mathematics curricula to reflect these new standards."
There will be a new Elementary Report Card Parent Meeting at Cedar Hill 7 - 9 p.m. on Tuesday to give parents samples of the new report card formats, a more thorough explanation supporting the changes and an opportunity to ask questions.