New Jersey Student Learning Standards
In 1996, the New Jersey State Board of Education adopted the state's first set of academic standards called the Core Curriculum Content Standards. The standards described what students should know and be able to do upon completion of a thirteen-year public school education. Over the last twenty years, New Jersey's academic standards have laid the foundation for local district curricula that is used by teachers in their daily lesson plans.
Revised every five years, the standards provide local school districts with clear and specific benchmarks for student achievement in nine content areas. Developed and reviewed by panels of teachers, administrators, parents, students, and representatives from higher education, business, and the community, the standards are influenced by national standards, research-based practice, and student needs. The standards define a "Thorough and Efficient Education" as guaranteed in 1875 by the New Jersey Constitution. Currently the standards are designed to prepare our students for college and careers by emphasizing high-level skills needed for tomorrow's world.
The New Jersey Student Learning Standards include Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards, as well as nine K-12 standards for the following content areas:
- 21st Century Life and Careers
- Comprehensive Health and Physical Education
- English Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Visual and Performing Arts
- World Languages
The most recent review and revision of the standards occurred in 2014. However, the standards in language arts and math underwent an additional review in 2015 with adoption by the New Jersey State Board of Education in May 2016.
Over the past few years, the state has developed curricular frameworks for Math and English Language Arts aligned to the new NJSLS (formerly Common Core Standards) for grades K-12. The purpose of providing a “model” is to assist districts and schools with implementation of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards by providing an example from which to work and/or a product for implementation. Each unit contains targeted student learning objectives (SLOs) that elucidate what students need to know and be able to do within the unit. The six-week formative assessments included in the model curriculum help clarify the level of rigor expected from the standards and provide a great set of assessment tools that are often difficult for districts and schools to create on their own. To view the existing "model curriculum" created by the NJDOE, click here .
For additional information on the transition, visit the Achieve the Core site. It has incredible resources for school leaders, teachers, and parents.