CTE Standards and Curriculum
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
- Listed at the top of the standards documents, the Content Standards are the general statements of what students need to know and be able to do.
- Topics are listed below the standards and further clarify a specific area of the standard.
- Student competencies, listed below the topics, are the specific learning expectations for students.