Content Standards

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Student performance is measured by the establishment of rigorous academic standards based on reputable research and statewide validation. The department has defined state academic content standards in all core subject matters. The department has adopted state-driven, voluntary college and career readiness academic content standards in English language arts and mathematics.

Draft Academic Content Standards Public Review Period


Social Studies

  • To review the first draft of the Social Studies standards, please click HERE.
The public feedback provided illustrated a concern around the grade level in which ND studies would be delivered. Please note, this issue was taken into consideration on the final draft of the North Dakota Social Studies standards and will be rectified.

Content Standards Development Process

Content Standards Development Guidance 

Generic guidelines for the development or revision of statewide academic content standards.

North Dakota Standards Development Protocols (Draft)
Purpose, responsibilities, policies, and governing rules under state law for the development of statewide academic content standards.


Career and Technical Education (External Link)
The North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education also have content standards that assist in preparing students for entry into industry sectors and for postsecondary education. The North Dakota Department for Career and Technical Education develops these standards to ensure that each program area offers courses that allow students to acquire essential knowledge and skills.

Computer Science and Cybersecurity Standards

Early Learning Standards

English Language Arts/Literacy

​​​​​​ Foreign Language Health

Library and Technology


Physical Education


Social Studies