Analysis of Teacher Standards in New Jersey

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Without reading either of the teacher standards there are many differences. The Model Standards for Beginning Teacher Licensing, Assessment and Development: A Resource for State Dialogue developed by Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) first developed their standards in 1992. The New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers and School Leaders developed a set of standards for the first time in 2003. Since they were written in two different decades a person might think that the older standards might be outdated. The New Jersey Standards might be up to date with the No Child Left Behind Act. The standards developed by INTASC are intended for beginner teachers. The New Jersey standards are for veteran and beginner teachers. The New Jersey standards are written more in depth than the INTASC standards so one may think that the New Jersey standards are a better source for teachers since they are written in depth. Once reading the material there are many other differences that have a bigger impact on the curriculum.

The New Jersey standards state they want their teachers to know the content area for all areas, not just the discipline they teach like in the INTASC standards. INTASC wants their teachers to understand the concepts in their area of interest. If teachers are knowledgeable in all subject areas their students will benefit better from their teaching. Both sets of standards want the teachers to relate their knowledge of their discipline to other subject areas. The standards both state they want the teachers to keep up to date with new ideas and understanding of their content area. In each of the standards this requirement is not in the same category. In the INTASC standards they see this as a disposition, but in the New Jersey standards it is considered part of knowledge. If the teachers have new ideas for projects in their classroom they will not get bored with the curriculum each year but their students will be interested as...
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