Math, English Standards Available for New Review

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For Immediate Release
Jan. 25, 2017
Contact: Dale Wetzel, Public Information Specialist
Office 701-328-2247
Cell: 701-400-8557

Math, English Standards Available for New Review

BISMARCK, N.D, January 25, 2017 -- State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Wednesday that drafts of North Dakota’s proposed new math and English learning standards are now available for a second round of public comment.

Two groups each of more than 30 North Dakota math and English teachers are writing the standards. The first draft of their work was posted for public comment in September. The standards writers used the comments to make revisions. The new documents are available on the NDDPI website for the next month for public review and comment, Baesler said.

Starting in the fall of 2017, North Dakota classroom teachers will begin using the new standards to guide math and English instruction in the state’s elementary and secondary schools. They are benchmarks of what a student should know and be able to do in different grades.

North Dakota’s current standards have been in effect since 2011. Typically, North Dakota’s math and English standards are reviewed every five to seven years, Baesler said.

North Dakotans who wish to examine the second draft of the new standards may visit the links below. The links labeled “Second Draft” show the proposed standards without any editing marks. The links labeled “Second Draft, Edit Markup Version” show how the teacher writing committees have changed the existing standards. A link to offer comments on the standards is here:
North Dakota English Content Standards:

Second Draft:
Second Draft, Edit Markup Version:
North Dakota Mathematics Content Standards:

Second Draft:
Second Draft, Edit Markup Version:
The standards writers will review the new round of public comments and use them to write what is likely to be the final draft of the standards, Baesler said. The third draft of the proposed standards should be completed by April 2017.

“We had an excellent variety of comments about the first draft of our new standards, and we were gratified to receive them,” Baesler said. “We have done our best to keep our standards-writing process open, transparent and accessible to the public.”