Common Core State Standards (CCSS) / Model Curriculum / Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)


The central goal of the NJDOE is to ensure that all children, regardless of life circumstances, graduate from high school ready for college and career. We believe that the implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) supported by state-developed model curriculum and professional development comprise a necessary component for reaching our goal.  This section of the Web site is designed to give educators, parents and community members the most up-to- date information on the CCSS, model curriculum development and the Partnership for Assessments of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).  An e-mail address is included on the introductory page of each section.  Please use this e-mail address to send questions or concerns, and we will publish FAQs on a regular basis to address the most frequently asked questions.

Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

In June 2010, the New Jersey State Board of Education (NJBOE) and the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.

Model Curriculum 1.0 and 2.0

Model curriculum 1.0 is a work in progress - which you may view on this Web site.  The purpose of providing a model curriculum is to assist all districts and schools with implementation of the Common Core State Standards and New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards by providing an example from which to work and/or a product for implementation.

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC)

In the spring of 2010, NJDOE joined the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC).  PARCC is a consortium of 23 states and Washington, DC working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in language arts and math aligned to the Common Core State Standards.  These new K-12 assessments will mark students’ progress and provide teachers with timely information to inform instruction and provide student support. The PARCC assessments will be ready for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year.