K-12 Education Content Standards


North Dakota Content Standards serve as a model to develop goals for teaching and learning and as expectations for what students should know and be able to do for each grade span. Each school district may set more rigorous standards; however, no district shall use any state content standards less rigorous than those set forth in the North Dakota Century Code 15.1-21.

Local school districts determine the curriculum (how standards are taught) they will adopt to meet the standards.

To access a machine-readable version of the official North Dakota Content Standards, please visit the North Dakota CASE Server.  The CASE version of the standards can be uploaded to student information systems, curriculum mapping programs, and a variety of other uses.

To access the priority standards and proficiency scales developed by the North Dakota Regional Education Association, please visit NDREA.org

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

Computer Science and Cybersecurity K-12 Standards 2019
Dance K-12 Standards 2019
Early Learning K-12 Standards 2018
English Language Arts/Literacy K-12 Standards 2017

ELA Standards Development Committee Members

Arnold, Karen Bismarck
Bryn, Tina Barnes County
Conn, Dana NDSU
Cowan, Emily Williston Basin
Cummings, Tawnia Williston Basin
Curren, Dana Stanley
Dodson, Clayton Mayville State University
Eklund, Andrea Grand Forks
Gehrke, Shari West Fargo
Griffin, Abby Bismarck
Hallock, Kristi Fargo
Hilbers, Margaret McKenzie County
Kremer, Melissa West Fargo
Kuznia, Diana Maple Valley
Mackowick, Liz West Fargo
Michels, Crystal Minot
Nieuwsma, Loren Mandan
Pletan, Tina Bismarck
Ridl, Crystal Fargo
Riedinger, Becky Bismarck
Roeske, Lisa Fargo
Rothschiller, Kate Dickinson
Schick, Amber West Fargo
Suter, Cassie McKenzie County
Volk, Aimee West Fargo

ELA Content Standards Development Committee Minutes

Health Education K-12 Standards 2018
Library Media K-12 Standards-Seeking Public Comment Draft 2

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) is seeking feedback on draft two of the North Dakota Library Media Content Standards, which are currently up for review and revision.

Academic subject matter standards are concise, written descriptions outlining the knowledge and skills students are expected to know and do at a specific stage of their education. The library standards provide a description of what students have learned upon completion of a grade level. The academic standards do not describe particular teaching practices, curricula, or assessment methods. 

The North Dakota Library Media Content Standards were last revised in 2012. The NDDPI asks that all interested stakeholders provide feedback on draft 2 of the Library Media Content Standards on the survey linked below:

Survey: Draft 2 ND Library Media Content Standards

Draft 2 ND Library Media Content Standards

All feedback received during the public comment period will be reviewed by the NDDPI and the standards development committee charged with revising the standards. The public comment period ends July 21, 2022, at 5:00 PM CT.

Library Standards Development Committee

The standards development committee will review the 2012 approved library content standards and draft revisions to improve the structure and content of these standards. The revised standards will be submitted to the state superintendent for final approval. Once approved, the new library standards will be adopted to guide local curriculum development.

Committee Member City
 Allan, Lesley  Williston
 Cain, Brenda  Fargo
 Francetich, Sarah  Bismarck
 Frink, Misti   Bismarck
 Fritz, Jessica  Rugby
 Grenier, Tina  Wahpeton
 Hess, Jennifer  Fargo
 Kennedy, Beth  Cavalier
 Kornkven, Kelly  Mayville State University
 Mehlhoff, Brandi  Williston
 Moberg, Susan  Dickinson
 Nelson, Nicole  West Fargo
 Nyland, Jim  Jamestown
 Palmer, Alysa  Bottineau
 Riesinger, Marisa  Dickinson
 Stansbery, Dana  Central Cass

Library Standards Development Committee Meetings

Mathematics K-12 Standards 2017

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) is revising the current Mathematics Content Standards. As a part of this process, a statewide committee of representative content specialists was established to review, revise, or develop new content standards.

Math Standards Development Committee Members

Aasby, Brent Fargo
Bennett, Autumn Cavalier
Bertsch, Michelle Fargo
Blegen, Marie Glenburn
Carpenter, Kimberly Jamestown
Enockson, Molly Bismarck
Gabbert, Linda Williston Basin
Hendrickson, Lisa Wishek
Jordan, Rebecca McKenzie County
Kratcha, Megan West Fargo
Lee, Kayla West Fargo
Leier, Jill West Fargo
Neal, Amy Minot
Poffenberger, Mae West Fargo
Seyfried, Nicole West Fargo
Sheldon, Elsie Bismarck
Spencer, Jacy Lisbon
Vollmer, Tara Minot
Wirth, Jamie Valley City State University

Math Content Standards Development Committee Minutes

Media Arts K-12 Standards 2019
Music K-12 Standards 2019
Physical Education K-12 Standards 2015
Science K-12 Standards 2019
Social Studies K-12 Standards 2019
Theatre Arts K-12 Standards 2019
Visual Arts K-12 Standards 2019