New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Social Studies

    Social Studies Education in the 21st Century


     The digital age has transformed social studies education, allowing 21st-century learners to transcend the limits of time and place and experience historic events virtually. By expanding their learning networks through online collaboration with experts and other students from around the world, New Jersey social studies students develop an increased depth of understanding of our global society. At the same time, their understanding of the fundamental principles and values of American democracy and citizenship provides the conceptual framework that allows them to make informed decisions about local, national, and international issues and challenges.

    Mission: Social studies education provides learners with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives needed to become active, informed citizens and contributing members of local, state, national, and global communities in the digital age.

    Vision: An education in social studies fosters a population that:

    • Is civic minded, globally aware, and socially responsible.

    • Exemplifies fundamental values of American citizenship through active participation in local and global communities.

    • Makes informed decisions about local, state, national, and global events based on inquiry and analysis.

    • Considers multiple perspectives, values diversity, and promotes cultural understanding.

    • Recognizes the implications of an interconnected global economy.

    • Appreciates the global dynamics between people, places, and resources.

    • Utilizes emerging technologies to communicate and collaborate on career and personal matters with citizens of other world regions. 

    2014 Standards

    2014 Social Studies Standards - Adopted July 9, 2014

    The 2014 Social Studies Standards provide the foundation for creating local curricula and developing meaningful assessments. Minor revisions were made to the 2009 Social Studies Standards for one of the following four reasons - to provide clarity, increase accuracy, adjust pedagogical expectations or to address grammatical issues. The revisions that were made are intended to clarify the document and do not reflect major changes to the standards. In addition, several new skills were added to the Skills Table to reflect the expectations of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects.