New Jersey’s Core Curriculum Content Standards (CCCS)

New Jersey’s Core Curriculum Content Standards (CCCS) describe expectations for all students by the end of a variety of grades and in different subjects. They are the road map that guides the development of each district’s curriculum and the State’s standards-based assessments. The cumulative progress indicators (CPIs) break the CCCS into smaller grade groupings to better guide expectations and judge progress. Consequently, the CPIs for each subject and grade are good barometers to assess each student’s progress in the general education curriculum and identify academic strengths and weaknesses.

To assist in this endeavor, the Newark Teachers Union (NTU) organized the CPIs into a checklist for individual student’s expectations, which can assist teachers, parents, students, school-based intervention teams, CST evaluations, and/or IEP teams in identifying academic strengths and/or weaknesses. Teachers, administrators, parents, school-based intervention teams, and special education professionals can utilize the hyperlinked CPI checklists and preschool expectations below to gather information from an array of sources (e.g., classroom participation,  teacher-made and district assessments, New Jersey's standards-based assessments, etc.).  The identified strengths and weaknesses could then be integrated into lesson plans, school-based interventions, special education referrals, evaluations/reports, IEPs, and teaching and learning activities, as the hyperlinked examples of students with reading and math difficulties illustrate. Utilizing NTU's CPI checklists better ensures an alignment between the special education processes with the general education curriculum and state standards, as recommended by the Access Center in this hyperlinked brief. 

Standard 1: Visual and Performing Arts - CPIs

Grade 2 Grade 4 Grade 6 Grade 8 Grade 12
Aesthetics - Standard 1.1 Creation & Performance Arts - Standard 1.2 Elements & Principles of Visual & Performing Arts - Standard 1.3 Critique of Visual & Performing Arts - Standard 1.4 History & Culture of Visual & Performing Arts -  Standard 1.3


Standard 2: Health and Physical Education - CPIs

Grade 2 Grade 4 Grade 6 Grade 8 Grade 12
Wellness - Standard 2.1 Integrated Skills - Standard 2.2 Drugs & Medicines - Standard 2.3 Human Relationships & Sexuality - Standard 2.4 Motor Skills - Standard 2.5 Fitness - Standard 2.6


Standard 3: Language Arts Literacy  - CPIs

Kindergarten Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4
Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 12

Reading - Standard 3.1

A.     Concepts About Print

B.     Phonological Awareness (oral language activities)

C.     Decoding and Word Recognition 

D.    Fluency

E.     Reading Strategies (before, during, and after reading)

F.      Vocabulary and Concept Development

G.    Comprehension Skills and Response to Text

H.    Inquiry and Research

Writing - Standard 3.2

A.     Writing as a Process (prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, postwriting) B.     Writing as a Product (resulting in work samples) C.     Mechanics, Spelling, and Handwriting D.    Writing Forms, Audiences, and Purposes (exploring a variety of writing)

Speaking - Standard 3.3

A.     Discussion B.  Questioning (Inquiry) and Contributing C.  Word Choice D.  Oral Presentation

Listening - Standard 3.4

A. Active Listening B. Listening Comprehension

Viewing & Media Literacy - Standard 3.5

A.     Constructing Meaning

B.     Visual and Verbal Messages

C.     Living with Media


Standard 4:Mathematics - CPIs

2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th grade 5th Grade
6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade 12th Grade

Number sense & numerical operations - Standard 4.1

A.     Number Sense

B.     Numerical Operations

C.     Estimation

Geometry & measurement - Standard 4.2

A.     Geometric Properties

B.     Transforming Shapes

C.     Coordinate Geometry

D.    Units of Measurement

E.     Measuring Geometric Objects

Patterns & Algebra - Standard 4.3

A.     Patterns

B.     Functions and Relationships

C.     Modeling

D.    Procedures

Data analysis, probability, & discrete mathematics - Standard 4.4

A.     Data Analysis

B.     Probability

C.     Discrete Mathematics—Systematic Listing and Counting

D.    Discrete Mathematics—Vertex-Edge Graphs and Algorithms

Mathematical Processes - Standard 4.5


Standard 5: Science - CPIs

Grade 2 Grade 4 Grade 6 Grade 8 Grade 12

Scientific Processes -

Standard 5.1

Science & Society - Standard 5.2

Mathematical Applications - Standard 5.3

Nature & Process of technology -

Standard 5.4

Characteristics of life - Standard 5.5

Chemistry - Standard 5.6

Physics - Standard 5.7

Earth Science - Standard 5.8

Astronomy & Space Science - Standard 5.9

Environmental Studies - Standard 5.10


Standard 6: Social Studies  - CPIs

Grade 2 Grade 4 Grade 8 Grade 12
Social Studies Skills - 6.1 Civics - Standard 6.2 World History - Standard 6.3 US & NJ History - Standard 6.4 Economics - Standard 6.5 Geography - Standard 6.6


Standard 7: World Languages - CPIs

Mid-Novice Mid-High Intermediate-Low Pre-Advanced
Communication - Standard 7.1 Culture - Standard 7.2


Standard 8: Technological Literacy - CPIs

4th Grade 8th Grade 12th Grade
Computer and Information Literacy - Standard 8.1 Technology Education - Standard 8.2


Standard 9: Career Education and Consumer, Family, and Life Skills - CPIs

4th Grade 8th Grade 12th Grade
Career and Technical Education - Standard 9.1 Consumer, Family, and Life Skills - Standard 9.2


Preschool Expectations

Creative Arts Health, Safety, & Physical Education Language Arts Literacy Mathematics
Science Social/Emotional Development Social Studies, Family, & Life Skills World Languages


Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Expectations