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New Jersey Student Learning Standards

Building on a robust body of research, the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) provide clear and consistent learning goals across nine distinct content areas to help prepare students for postsecondary successThe standards clearly demonstrate what students are expected to learn at specific grade levels and bands, so that every parent and teacher can understand and support student learning.   

The standards draw on national and international models, as well as research and input from numerous sources, including educators from kindergarten through college, scholars, assessment developers, professional organizations, parents and students, and members of the public. Refined through successive drafts and extensive feedback, the standards represent a synthesis of the best elements of standards-related work in New Jersey to date. They offer the foundation on which districts build coherent curriculum and plan instruction to prepare each New Jersey student with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in our rapidly changing world.  

The Office of Standards actively supports the effective implementation of the NJSLS by offering customized professional learning experiences, developing resources specific to the needs of New Jersey schools, and providing guidance based on current and relevant educational research, policies and regulations. Content area specialists foster partnerships with state and national organizations, government agencies and higher education to identify challenges and create resources in support of a well-rounded education for all students. Members of the office proudly support educators in their work to prepare students for life beyond high school in an interconnected, global world. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Educational Resources

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Resources to support districts in curriculum development as they implement the Diversity and Inclusion (N.J.S.A.18A:35-4.36a) and Individuals with Disabilities and LGBT (N.J.S.A.18A:35-4.35) legislative mandates.

Climate Change Education Resources

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Educational resources for school districts and educators to explore an interdisciplinary approach to implementing the 2020 climate change related performance expectations.

Learning Acceleration

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The Learning Acceleration summarizes the developing base of literature on learning acceleration approaches and shares promising practices from New Jersey schools.

N.J.A.C. 6A:8-1.1: The New Jersey Student Learning Standards specify expectations in nine content areas. The standards are further delineated by performance expectations that outline what students should know and be able to do at individual grades or benchmark grades two, five, eight, and twelve.

N.J.A.C. 6A:8-3.1: Requires districts to "ensure that curriculum and instruction are delivered in such a way that all students are able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills specified by the NJSLS specified by the NJSLS and shall ensure that appropriate instructional adaptations are designed and delivered for students with disabilities, for ELLs, for students enrolled in alternative education programs, and for students who are gifted and talented".

N.J.A.C. 6A:8-3.1(a)3: Holds school districts accountable for "assessing and publicly reporting on the progress of all students in developing the knowledge and skills specified by the NJSLS".

*All districts must implement the 2020 NJSLS by September 2022

For all other content areas, please reach out to standards@doe.nj.gov

Page Last Updated: 05/06/2022

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