Comments Sought on Computer Science, Social Studies Learning Standards

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Dale Wetzel, Public Information Specialist
Office: 701-328-2247
Cell: 701-400-8557

BISMARCK, N.D., Dec. 20, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is asking North Dakotans to review and comment on the first drafts of proposed new state learning standards for computer science, cybersecurity and social studies.

The computer science/cybersecurity and the social studies standards are being developed by two separate groups of North Dakota educators. The computer science and cybersecurity standards are the first set of K-12 statewide academic content standards that are being developed in the nation.

The initial draft of the computer science and cybersecurity standards are posted for review. North Dakotans who wish to comment on the standards may do so online.

The proposed new social studies standards are posted. Comments about the standards are being gathered online.

Academic content standards demonstrate what students should know, and be able to do, as they move through North Dakota’s elementary, middle and high school grades. Comments on the standards are being taken through Jan. 4, 2019.

Afterward, the two standards writing committees will review the comments and consider them as they prepare a final version of both sets of standards for Baesler’s review and approval. They will be put into use in North Dakota’s public school classrooms in the fall of 2019.