K-12 Education Content Standards


North Dakota Content Standards serve as expectations for what students should know and be able to do for each grade span. The standards serve as goals for teaching and learning. In North Dakota, the content standards serve as a model. 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.

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.

More information can be found on the NDCTE website.

ND Foreign Language Standards Development Committee

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) will be revising the current Foreign Language Standards.  As a part of this process, a statewide committee of representative content specialists shall be established and maintained to review, revise, or develop new content standards.

The NDDPI is currently seeking content specialists to serve on the Foreign Language Standards Development Committee.  This committee will be comprised of content specialists from PreK-12 schools and institutions of higher education.  It will be representative of schools and communities statewide by approximate regions, demographics and school size.  The committee will consist of two higher education representatives, two special education specialists, one English language learner specialist, one sign language specialist, two Native language specialists, and seven PreK-12 content specialists.

  • Committee members will be required to perform the following activities:
  • Review the content and structure of the state’s current Content Standards in the designated content areas for appropriateness
  • Review select content standards from other states or content associations for possible preferable content and structure
  • Examine and set design for the proper articulation, breadth of inclusion, depth of knowledge, structural design, presentation of sequence, and support documentation of content standards
  • Draft new or amend existing content standards language
  • Participate in discussions, analysis and drafting activities, and any votes required to resolve group decision making
  • Prepare multiple drafts leading to a final draft, incorporating public comments, generated by draft documents to prepare final supported document;
  • Participate in any special preparation activities required;
  • Draft support instructional narrative and appendices, as required; and
  • Document edits to current content standards.
  • Once complete, any committee recommendations for new or revised content standards will be submitted to the state superintendent for review and final approval. 

Application Guidance

Questions on this work can be directed to the Office of Academic Support.