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New Jersey State Board of Education
Committees

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NEW JERSEY STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
2011 COMMITTEES and TASK FORCE

  • Literacy Education Committee—The work of this committee will focus on best practices and innovative models in literacy education.   The committee will provide a report to the full board, during the June 2011 meeting, on the state of literacy education (P-12) in New Jersey and provide recommendations to address deficiencies/weak points and recommend strategies to close the academic achievement gap as reflected in NJ assessment data.  Committee members will work closely with department staff and education stakeholders to gather and review data and information to develop the report.  

    Recommended Chair- Dorothy Strickland 
    Recommended Committee Members:
    1. Edith Fulton
    2. New Board Member

  • Math, Science, and Technology Committee— The work of this committee will focus on best practices and innovative models in math, science, and technology education.   The committee will provide a report to the full board, during the June 2011 meeting, on the state of math, science, and technology education (P-12) in New Jersey and provide recommendations to address deficiencies/weak points and recommend strategies to close the academic achievement gap as reflected in NJ assessment data.  Committee members will work closely with department staff and education stakeholders to gather and review data and information to develop the report.  

    Recommended Chair-  Florence McGinn
    Recommended Committee Members:
    1. Ron Butcher
    2. Edith Fulton
    3. New Board Member

  • Alignment Committee—This committee will focus on improving alignment between P-12 and higher education.  This committee will consider alignment of curricula as well as assessments used for college entrance exams and other assessment tools.  The work of this committee will support our preparation for the new Common Core State Standards and the Assessment Consortium that we join. Both initiatives require continuous progress and alignment. Likewise, the scope of this committee will include a review of assessment tools used in private industry and an assessment of how students are being prepared for the workforce. 

    Recommended Chair-  Ernie Lepore
    Recommended Committee Members:
    1. Florence McGinn
    2. New Board Member

  • Legislative/Administrative Code/Policy Development Committee--This committee will review proposed legislation that may have a major impact on education or educational policy in New Jersey and interacts with the Department and with legislators regarding major education legislation. This committee also works with Department staff in the conceptual stages of administrative code and amendments. The committee also addresses issues related to the code adoption process as needed.  The committee considers policy issues raised by other State Board Committees and the need for new code to address concerns that arise from the State Board or its constituents.

    Recommended Chair- Ron Butcher
    Recommended Committee Members:
    1. Robert Haney
    2. Ilan Plawker
    3. New Board Member

  • Adult Education Task Force—This task force will address policy issues and make recommendations related to adult education programs and services.   The task force will include representatives from the State Education and training Commission, Department of Labor, and Health and Human Services.  The task force will focus on alignment of resources to improve the quality of adult education and expanding the pool of program providers.  The task force will be expected to report to the SBOE in May.

                        Recommended State Board Liaison—Arcelio Aponte

  • Closing the Achievement Gap Task Force—Primary goals of this task force are to enlighten policy makers on research based correlatives of poor academic achievement; identify proven reform models; and provide recommendations to the SBOE on steps the Board can take to formulate a state plan to close the academic achievement gap.  Members of the task force will include researchers, practitioners, and representatives from public and private entities.  The task force will be expected to report to the SBOE in May.

                        Recommended State Board Liaison—Dorothy Strickland