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CTE Standards and Curriculum

Status of All North Dakota CTE Standards

Why Standards Exist

The North Dakota Department for Career and Technical Education is committed to developing standards to ensure that each program area offers courses that allow students to acquire essential knowledge and skills.

What Standards Are

Standards identify what students are expected to know and be able to do, the content they are expected to acquire, the skills they are expected to attain, and the intellectual qualities and habits of mind they are expected to develop. With the standards in place, schools can create, implement, and strengthen a Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum to prepare students for entry into industry sectors and for postsecondary education.

How Standards Are Created

The standards process begins with a review of national and industry standards. Several parties, including the state CTE program area supervisor(s), secondary teachers, counselors, postsecondary teachers, business and industry representatives work together to write the standards. The standards are written to ensure that when the students complete their courses they have the knowledge and skills needed in business and industry.

How the Standards are Organized

Career Ready Practices

Listed within each standard, or at the end of the document, is a tool for teachers to use to incorporate common workplace practices into the classroom lessons.  These Career Ready Practices are deemed equally important as the content standards and speak to those qualities which go beyond subject content and that help students obtain and retain employment. The twelve practices are based on Common Career and Technical Core standards, which were derived from the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) Career Clusters/Pathways model.