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    Richard Vespucci
    Beth Auerswald
    Kathryn Forsyth, Director
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For Release: June 15, 2009


MEDIA ADVISORY
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION PUBLIC MEETING

WHEN: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 10 a.m.
WHAT: The State Board of Education will convene its monthly public meeting
WHERE: Department of Education, Judge Robert L. Carter Building, 100 Riverview Plaza, Trenton (off Route 29 south).

***SPECIAL NOTE:  The State Board is scheduled to consider at adoption level revised high school graduation requirements.  The board is also expected to adopt revised Core Curriculum Content Standards in six content areas. The revised standards are designed to ensure that students are equipped with 21st century skills to better prepare them for the workplace and college.

Proposed changes to the state’s high school graduation requirements include a total of 120 credits and the infusion of 21st century skills across all content areas. The proposal also would phase-in the following requirements: three years of mathematics, including algebra I, geometry, and a third year of math that builds upon these two courses; three years of lab science, including biology, a choice between chemistry, physics or environmental science, and a third inquiry-based lab or technical science; and a half of year of economics and financial literacy.

The new content standards are considered to be an important conerstone of Governor Corzine’s commitment to ensure that New Jersey’s high school graduates have the skills they need to lead productive lives and contribute to the economic health of the state. ***

Details on these items and the full agenda for the meeting are available from the following link:

http://www.nj.gov/cgi-bin/education/sboe/sboe.pl?y=2009&m=June&t=public

 For more information, please contact the Department of Education Public Information Office at (609) 292-1126.