• New Jersey Student Learning Standards

     
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    What are the New Jersey Student Learning Standards?

    The State of New Jersey adopted the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in the Spring of 2020.  The English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics standards are based on the Common Core State Standards; however, they have been revised to meet New Jersey-specific expectations and focus.  The science standards are based on the Next Generation Science Standards.  All other subject area standards were developed by stakeholders within the State of New Jersey and were originally called the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.

    These standards define what students should know and be able to do in each of the grades. They are the basis for the state-mandated testing programs: New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) for English/Language Arts (3-8), Mathematics (3-8), and Science (5 & 8).
     

    How do the New Jersey Student Learning Standards shape what children learn in school?

    New Jersey Administrative Code NJAC 6A:8 requires each local Board of Education to "ensure that curriculum and instruction are designed and delivered in such a way that all students are able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills specified by the New Jersey Student Learning Standards." 
     
    Curriculum guides are written by each district but must be aligned with these standards.  Teachers use these documents to guide their lesson planning. 
     
     
    How is a child's progress in meeting the New Jersey Student Learning Standards assessed?

    Each spring, all New Jersey public school students in grades 3-8 participate in the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA), which assesses students in the areas of English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics.  In addition, the NJSLA Science assessment is used to measure progress of students in grade 5 and 8.

     

     

     
Last Modified on June 6, 2021