Course Codes and Descriptions

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Course Code Directory (CCD)                                                                                                    
The CCD provides schools, districts, and the state a framework to identify state courses by specific course number, thereby providing analogous information across various levels of administration and consistency in reporting (NDCC 15.1-07-33). Schools may assigned their own title for courses but must retain the required state course code number for recording purposes.
The CCD assists school administrators, counselors, students and parents in schedule planning. It also provides course specific information including recommended prerequisites, recommended grade levels, credit options, and lists appropriate teacher certification levels for courses.
 
Course descriptions provide brief narratives, which outlines a broad scope of course context rather than being an exact outline of content. Schools identify the North Dakota content standards taught and may explore, develop, and implement activities and programs that go beyond these descriptions as they strive to prepare their students to be Choice Ready. Instructional decisions related to areas of curriculum selection and development, implementation, and assessment are choices made by local school districts.
 
Transfer Students/Credits
Aligning courses from other schools, states, and countries is imperative for educational planning. Best practices include reviewing the incoming transcript, seeking necessary information from the previous district for clarification of course content, and aligning previously earned courses with North Dakota course codes that are most appropriate. 
 
New Course Code Request Process
Course descriptions provide brief narratives, which outline a broad scope of course context. The broad contextual nature allows schools the flexibility to design courses that fall within or go beyond these descriptions as they strive to prepare their students to be Choice Ready. Times may arise where a school may find it necessary to request a new course. New Course requests must be made on the following form, SFN 60065.
NDDPI reviews and processes requests twice a year. Due dates for submitting new course code requests are as follows:
  • February 28 of the year prior to the start of the first semester of the year in which the course would be offered.
  • July 1 of the year prior to the start of the second semester of the year in which the course would be offered.
Any request made after a due date will be saved and processed on the next review date.
 
*The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) publishes all changes and additions to the course listings for twice a year; May and October. 
 
Review Process
Upon receiving the course code request, the Office of School Approval and Opportunity reviews and cross-references the information provided with existing ND course codes in the content area requested.  A cross-reference of the information with the national data bank of courses for content alignment and grade level recommendations is also completed. This information is compiled and provided to the relevant Specialized Content Committee (SCC). The current committees includes representation from: School Approval and Opportunity, Special Education, Career and Technical Education, and Academic Content Specialists.  
The SCC’s complete an in-depth review in which they analyze the information and standards provided. They may also request further information or consult field experts. After reviewing all the information, the SCC makes the final decision.
If approved, the course information is provided to the Education Standards and Practices Board for review.  They determine what level of training/education the teacher requires in order to be highly qualified to teach the course. The Office of School Approval and Opportunity completes final processing and notifies the requestor the outcome of the request.
 
High School Credit Prior to 9th grade
Schools may elect to award high school credit to students who complete high school courses before entering Grade 9 if the course is equivalent to its high school counterpart and taught by a highly qualified teacher. 
Acceleration policies and procedures should be developed at the local level. Please note that this decision should be done on a case-by-case basis and given serious and deliberate thought. Once a student is accelerated into credit bearing courses, they begin building their formal grade point average (GPA) which may have an impact on such areas as; future financial awards, college preference, and or college entrance. 

The following documents are .pdf formatted.

Summary of Course Code Changes (Revised 3/20/2017)


Grades PK-8 Course Codes

Grades 9-12 Course Codes