The New Jersey Student Learning Standards
The New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) describe what students should know and be able to do at the completion of a 13-year public education. These standards provide the foundation for local district curricula that is used by teachers in the development of their daily lesson plans. The standards provide local school districts with clear and specific benchmarks for student achievement in nine content areas. These standards were developed and reviewed by a panel of teachers, administrators, parents, students, and representatives from higher education, business, and the community. The standards are influenced by national standards, research, and student needs. They are revised every 5 years with each content area having its own cycle. You can view the standards here:
What happened to the Common Core Standards?
The New Jersey Department of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards in 2010. These standards were then reviewed as part of the 5-year cycle review process. The standards were updated and the name was changed to the New Jersey Learning Standards. The revised standards were approved in 2016.
Are the revised New Jersey Learning Standards drastically different from the previous Common Core Standards?
The New Jersey Learning Standards for Language Arts Literacy and Mathematics retain many tenets of the Common Core State Standards but were updated based on feedback from NJ teachers and parents to be clearer and to better reflect the needs of NJ students. You can find the changes highlighted here:
What about the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)?
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are K–12 science content standards. Standards set the expectations for what students should know and be able to do. The NGSS were developed by states to improve science education for all students. A goal for developing the NGSS was to create a set of research-based, up-to-date K–12 science standards. These standards give local educators the flexibility to design classroom learning experiences that stimulate students’ interests in science and prepares them for college, careers, and citizenship. Read more about the NGSS here.
The state of New Jersey adopted the NGSS and embedded them as part of the New Jersey Learning Standards.