Common Core in New Jersey:
New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards

Under the guidance and support of Chris Christie, New Jersey has been active in implementing the Common Core, debuting entirely new curricula aligned to state models in September 2012.

Common Core Implementation Status

1. Teacher Professional Development
2. Curriculum Guides
or Instructional Materials
3. Teacher Evaluation

New Curriculum

State designs frameworks

State provides frameworks

State designs guides

State provides guides

Local districts only

New Jersey’s department of education developed a model curriculum with detailed model lesson plans. Local school districts are supposed to consult this model when finalizing curriculum details.

New Assessments

PARCC member

SBAC member

ACT Aspire

Developing own CC-aligned assessments

New Expenditures

New expenditures required to implement the Common Core

Current annual education expenditures

Race to the Top Phase 2 award

(State is a Race to the Top recipient.)

Education Database Status

P-20 development required by state law

State is capable of having a P-20 database

State has access to homeschool students’ data

Though New Jersey does not currently have a P-20 longitudinal database, the state recently won a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop this system.

Potential Impacts on Homeschooling

State currently requires homeschoolers to take state-prescribed tests and report their scores

Homeschoolers must file notice of intent to homeschool

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Updated: 6/2/2014