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.

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.

More information can be found on the NDCTE website.

ND Foreign Language Standards Review

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) is revising the current Foreign Language Standards. As a part of this process, a statewide committee of representative content specialists has been established to study implementation effects of the 2001 approved academic content standards in foreign language and draft any revisions to improve the structure and content of these standards. Once completed, any committee recommendations will be submitted for final approval by the state superintendent. If approved, the recommendations will result in adopting a new generation of academic standards that will guide local school districts in the development of local curricula. 

It anticipated the content standards development process will begin in June 2021 and include approximately four separate meetings, concluding in the fall of 2021. 

Questions can be directed to the Office of Academic Support.