Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS)
The New Jersey Student Learning 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 Student Learning Standards include Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards, as well as nine
K-12 standards for the following:
The NJSLS can be found at http://www.state.nj.us/education/cccs/