The ISTE Standards are a set of standards published by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) for the purpose of leveraging the use of technology in K-12 education to enable students to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly digital society. The focus is on the integration of technologies within all areas of the curriculum. New Jersey has closely aligned the NJ technology standards with the national standards as well as the Partnership for the 21st Century Skills.


The 2014 technology standards provide the foundation for creating local curricula and authentic performance assessments and emulate the philosophy and goals contained in documents produced by national technology organizations, including the Partnership for the 21st Century Skills and the New Jersey Educational Technology Plan.

The organization of the strands in standards 8.1 and 8.2, as well as the content and skills within each strand, has been reconceptualized to address emerging technologies and technological applications that are needed for life and work in the global age.

  • Standard 8.1, Educational Technology, is aligned to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards and the Partnership for the 21st Century Skills framework.

  • Standard 8.2, formerly Technology Education, is renamed Technology Education, Engineering, and Design and is aligned with the goals of the International Technology Education Association (ITEA) and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills framework.


The 2016 ISTE Standards • Students list seven standards, with performance indicators for each standard. The performance indicators specify what the student should be able to achieve within technological literacy and serve as guidelines for the students as they progress towards achieving the standards. The standards are as follows:*

  • Empowered Learner: Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.

  • Digital Citizen: Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.

  • Knowledge Constructor: Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others.

  • Innovative Designer: Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.

  • Computational Thinker: Students develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions.

  • Creative Communicator: Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.

  • Global Collaborator: Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.

*2016 ISTE Standards for Students, ©2016, ISTE® (International Society for Technology in Education), All rights reserved.