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State of New Jersey Academic Standards

What are the New Jersey Academic Standards?

New Jersey's standards were created to improve student achievement by clearly defining what all students should know and be able to do at the end of thirteen years of public education. Since the adoption of those standards, the New Jersey Department of Education has continuously engaged in discussion with educators, business representatives, and national experts about the impact of the standards on classroom practices. To assist teachers and curriculum specialists in aligning curriculum with the standards, the department provided local school districts with a curriculum framework for each content area. The frameworks provided classroom teachers and curriculum specialists with sample teaching strategies, adaptations, and background information relevant to each of the content areas. In addition, the statewide assessments were aligned to the Core Curriculum Content Standards. This alignment of standards, instruction, and assessment was unprecedented.

Example Academic Standard: Eighth Grade Social Studies

Citizenship: Discuss the rights and responsibilities of American citizens, including obeying laws, paying taxes, serving on juries, and voting in local, state, and national elections.

How do I Find the New Jersey Academic Standards?

Standards are available for Visual and Performing Arts, Comprehensive Health and Physical Education, Language Arts Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, World Languages, Technology, Career Education and Consumer, Family, and Life Skills for selected grades.

  • Choose Core Curriculum Content Standards from the Resources list on the left.
  • Click on the content area you are interested in.
  • Find the standard you're looking for in the table of contents, download the PDF file, and scroll through the PDF to find the grade level you would like to see.