Reading Curriculum and Professional Development


The North Dakota 67th Legislative Assembly (2021) faced decisions on an influx of funds provided to states in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (ESSER funds). Regarding education, the legislative body wished to emphasize using funds to mitigate challenges created by the pandemic, specifically, learning loss and recovery. North Dakota Century Code (NDCC) section 15.1-21-12.1 regarding reading curriculum and professional development is intended to support the improvement of core reading instruction for students in North Dakota. All educators and administrators serving students in grades K-3 will:

  • Receive training in instructional practices aligned with research that reveals the science of how the brain learns and engages in reading.
  • Utilize scientifically-based instructional materials and approaches.

The Administrative Rules Legislative Committee will meet in March of 2022. Once Administrative Rules 67-31 are approved, they will be effective on April 1, 2022, and listed here.