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

Common Core Legislation

Senate Bill 2973 (and Assembly Bill 4403), introduced in September 2013, would create a task force to evaluate the Common Core and delay use of PARCC assessments until this task force submits a report. Senate Bill 253 and Assembly Bill 990, reintroduced in January 2014, would create a task force to evaluate the Common Core and delay use of PARCC assessments. Assembly Bill 2723 and Senate Bill 1581 prohibit administration of standardized assessments not required under state or federal law. Assembly Bill 2724 allows parents, guardians, or adult students to prevent data collection on student information.


Local Action Groups

Advocates and Opponents in New Jersey

Senator Van Drew
Opposes CC

Assemblyman Andrzejczak
Opposes CC

Assemblyman Albano
Opposes CC

Governor Christie
Supports CC

Senator Bucco
Opposes CC

Assemblyman McHose
Opposes CC

Assemblyman Space
Opposes CC

Assemblyman Rible
Opposes CC

Assemblyman Kean
Opposes CC

Senator Singer
Opposes CC

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Updated: 6/2/2014