New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards

The New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards were first adopted by the State Board of Education in 1996. The standards are not curriculum, which is decided at the local level.  Rather, the standards describe what students should know and be able to do upon completion of a thirteen-year public school education. The standards are also designed to help teachers prepare our students to be college- and career-ready.

Revised every five years, the standards provide local school districts with clear and specific benchmarks for student achievement in nine content areas. Developed 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 need. The standards define a "Thorough and Efficient Education" as guaranteed in 1875 by the New Jersey Constitution.

The New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards include Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards, as well as nine K-12 standards for the following:

21st-Century Life and Careers;
Comprehensive Health and Physical Education;
Science;
Social Studies;

Technology;
Visual and Performing Arts; and
World Languages.

Standards for Mathematics and Language Arts Literacy are part of the Common Core State Standards initiative coordinated by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governor's Association (NGA) in partnership with other national organizations. The New Jersey State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards in 2010. The most recent review and revision of the standards occurred in 2014.