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
Health Education K-12 Standards 2018
Library and Technology K-12 Standards - Seeking Public Comment Draft1

North Dakota Department of Public Instruction Seeks Input on Draft of Library Content Standards

The NDDPI is seeking feedback on the revised North Dakota Library Content Standards, which are currently up for review and revision.

Academic subject matter standards are concise with 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 and Technology Content Standards were last revised in 2012. The NDDPI asks that all interested stakeholders provide feedback on the draft of the standards on the survey linked below.

All feedback received during the public comment period will be reviewed by the NDDPI and a review committee consisting of representation from business, industry, labor; community leaders; and the general public as a part of the review process. This committee will provide recommendations to the standards development committee charged with revising the standards. For more information about the standards review process, please contact the Office of Academic Support at (701) 328-2260.

North Dakota Department of Public Instruction invites applicants for the Library Content Standards Review Committee

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction invites applicants from businesses and industry, community leaders, parents, and teachers to serve as a member of the review committee responsible for reviewing content and providing comments on the initial draft of the North Dakota State Library and Technology Content Standards. 

These comments will be used to guide the development committee as they continue writing and revising the standards. Once the final draft is completed, the committee recommendations for the revised standards will be submitted to the state superintendent for final approval. If approved, the recommendations will result in adopting a new generation of academic standards that will guide school districts in the development of local curricula.

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

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