New Jersey Student Learning Standards Overview

In June of 2010, New Jersey adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), a set of academic standards, in English Language Arts and Mathematics. These standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts in the fields of language arts, mathematics and education under the guidance and support of the National Governors' Association and the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). In May of 2016, New Jersey revised and renamed the CCSS to become the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.

These standards serve as important benchmarks to ensure that all students are receiving a high-quality education and are well prepared for success in post-secondary education and the workforce. Students will be assessed on a regular basis throughout their school career to monitor their progress towards meeting these benchmarks by taking the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment in Mathematics (NJSLA-M) beginning in 2017-2018. You can learn more about the NJSLA-M here.

To learn more about the NJSLS click here. The NJSLS Mathematics Crosswalk highlights the differences between the CCSS and the NJSLS.

In an effort to provide some additional background information and understanding of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, an introduction is provided here.

An informative set of videos produced by NCTM and the Hunt Institute has produced a series of videos to enhance understanding of the mathematics that students need to succeed in college, life, and careers through the Common Core. The videos are available here.

This three-minute video explains how the Common Core State Standards will help students achieve at high levels and help them learn what they need to know to for graduation and beyond.

Parental Support for the Common Core/NJSLS

The National PTA has developed the Parents' Guide to Student Success in response to the Common Core State Standards. The guide provides key ideas that students will be learning at each grade level, as well as activities you can do with your child at home to support learning.

To view the required fluencies for grades K-6, click here.

In addition to outlining content standards, the Common Core State Standards and New Jersey Student Learning Standards also outline 8 practice standards, which focus on the development of mathematical skills and habits of mind, while describing the practices and abilities of very good mathematical thinkers. You can help your son or daughter develop these abilities by asking the questions found below as they work on assignments at home. 



  • Visit this site to access practice tests and materials.

  • Please visit this site for more information on how to read and understand your child's score report.