Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching


Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education


College of Education

First Advisor

Robinson, Randall


Education, Elementary--Curricula--New Jersey; Education, Elementary--Standards--New Jersey; Fourth grade (Education)--Curricula--New Jersey


Elementary Education and Teaching


The purpose of this project was to examine the role that the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards are playing in the 4th grade classrooms of Salem County, New Jersey. Through surveying the teachers of Salem County, the researcher was able to assign a level of comfort and usage of the NJCCCS for each school district and compare that level with student achievement on the 2003 NJASK assessment. Additionally the issues of clarity and parsimony of the standards, alignment to the assessment and professional development opportunities available to teachers were also studied. The hypothesis of the study was that there is no relationship to student achievement on state administered standardized tests and the use of the NJCCCS in teachers' lesson planning. This hypothesis was supported by the study. The study found that the majority of 4th grade teachers in Salem County were comfortable using the NJCCCS; however they were divided regarding the benefits of use.