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New Jersey Student Learning Standards

Comprehensive Health and Physical Education

Lennie Parham, Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Coordinator

The New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) are reviewed and revised every five years. The 2020 NJSLS in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education were adopted by the State Board of Education on June 3, 2020. Districts are required to implement by September 2022. The 2020 New Jersey Student Learning Standards webpage provides links to the 2020 NJSLS and information regarding curriculum implementation dates.

The state requires that all students participate in a comprehensive, sequential health and physical education program that emphasizes the natural interdisciplinary connection among wellness, health and physical education. The standards provide a blueprint for curriculum development, instruction and assessment for effective health and physical education programs. The primary focus of the standards is on the development of knowledge and skills that influence life-long healthy behaviors within the context of self, family, school and the local and global communities. The 2014 revised standards incorporate the current thinking and best practices found in health and physical education documents published by national content-specific organizations.

2014 New Jersey Student Learning Standards – Comprehensive Health and Physical Education

Summary of Revisions to the 2014 New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education

There were minor changes made to the 2014 standards.  Changes to the standards included adding the following terms in the glossary: overload principle, progressive principle, principle of specificity, health, wellness, rhythm and health data.  Newly passed legislation, N.J.S.A. 18A: 35-4.23a describing Dating Violence education grades 7-12, was added to the legislation section.  One additional revision to the introduction of the document was an addition to the existing definition of 21st century skills by the Partnership of 21st Century Skills. The phrase "Understanding national and international public health and safety issues" was added to the existing definition.