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Model Curriculum

Instructional Supports and Scaffolds for Success in Implementing the Common Core State Standards



The Common Core State Standards challenge students by setting more rigorous and intensive objectives for learning.  Teachers have the important task of teaching to grade-level expectations and encouraging career and college readiness in a way that promotes learning for ALL students.  As a statewide collaborative effort inclusive of teachers, administrators and specialists, the New Jersey Department of Education has developed the Instructional Supports and Scaffolding Tool to support academic achievement for our students.

This tool, although in its early phases of development, is intended to provide teachers with a means of targeted and responsive support.  Please visit the site regularly as we anticipate significant growth in its development in the near future.

The New Jersey Department of Education would like to extend our appreciation to the teachers and administrators who served in a capacity to offer their expertise, time and efforts to the development of this project.

2015-16 End-of-Unit Assessment Plan for Priority schools

The Regional Achievement Centers are revising the 2015-2016 End-of-Unit Assessments (EUAs) that are aligned to the Model Curriculum. This change will impact districts with Priority schools that use edConnectNJ, New Jersey's instructional improvement system. The revised EUAs will be optimized for full administration via edConnectNJ. It is important to note that the scope and sequence of the curriculum will remain unchanged. However, in response to your feedback, and in our quest to maximize instructional time and facilitate the most meaningful conversations possible about student learning, the EUAs will change in three major ways:

  1. 2015-2016 EUAs will contain fewer items, thus facilitating a shorter administration time for both Math and ELA. All assessments will be designed to be completed within a 45-minute class period (35 minutes time-on-task).
  2. EUAs for Units 3 and/or 4 may be optional, based on your district's 2015-16 assessment plan and calendar. You should consult with your regional Executive Director to determine your school's eligibility for a waiver from the administration of EUAs for units 3 and/or 4.
  3. All assessment items will be computer-scored.

It is important to note the following:

  1. This change applies only to grades 2 through 12; EUAs will remain unchanged for grades K-1 due to the nature of the assessments.
  2. EUAs will be designed for online assessment only and will feature computer-based scoring.
  3. Revised assessments, and supporting resources, for units 1 and 2 will be available in edConnectNJ at the start of the 2015-2016 school year. Additional EUAs for units 3 through 5 will be released in January 2016 as additional technology-enhanced item types become available in edConnectNJ.
  4. If you are an edConnect school and wish to continue administering the pre-existing EUAs utilized in 2014-15, you are free to do so. If you select this option, please alert the edConnectNJ team via email at to ensure the assessments are made available.
  5. Districts not using edConnectNJ will still be able to access and use the EUAs from 2014-2015.
  6. Additional assessment items, including writing and performance-based tasks, will continue to be made available via the edConnectNJ item bank for district, school, and teacher use. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of these resource.
  7. Writing tasks will be removed from the EUAs solely to enable computer scoring so that results are available immediately and teachers and administrators can focus on analysis and action rather than scoring and uploading. It is essential that teachers continue to utilize writing-based tasks to formatively assess between EUAs. RAC teams will support this effort to ensure that writing-based tasks are routinely utilized.

Next Steps

Consistent with past practice, districts will be notified via email as soon as the revised EUAs are available in edConnectNJ. All assessments and supporting materials will continue to be posted on the Regional Achievement Center web portal, located at These resources will be posted in a specific tab labeled: edConnect Resources.

Please note that the changes described above apply to the 2015-16 school year only. New Jersey is undertaking a comprehensive standards review while simultaneously creating a new curricular framework for 2016-17. More detailed information about this transition, including training opportunities and planning support, will be forthcoming in early 2016.

Should you have any questions or concerns about these changes, please contact Bruce Henecker, Acting Director of Data, Assessment and Planning, at:

Thank you for partnering with us to serve New Jersey's students.